What is Mining? An introduction to Mining

 

Materials:

  • Google Slides 2018 (Public) – with updated maps April 2018
  • Google Slides 2016 (Public) – this presentation will outline what mining is, where it occurs, types of mines, what commodities are mined in the United States, and covers mining in New Jersey. Maps are from the CDC
  • What is mining?  (pdf) – this is a guided handout that students will take notes on as we discuss mining
  • Sterling Hill Mining Museum – this has been an annual field trip for our school for around 30 years. Their mineral collection is amazing!

Videos: These are also available on Netflix – updated April 2018

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Density – Identification Challenge

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Updated 11/11/18

I modified this lab to use metal cubes and rectangular prisms and had the students identify the metals and some of the blocks from Flinn.

  • Updated Google Sheets – this will do all the calculations for you once you enter the measurements
  • Updated Google Doc – this is the handout I used with this lesson

Materials:

  • Flinn Scientfic Block set (link) & Resources/Handout (pdf)
  • Metal blocks set – iron, aluminum, brass, steel, zinc, & copper
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Triple Beam Balance
  • Worksheet to collect data (pdf)

For this activity, I used the set of density blocks from Flinn Scientific. Each group of students had 6 blocks made of the same material. Their challenge was to identify the material using their measurement skills to calculate the mass, volume, and density of each block. This activity also reinforced the concept that the density of an object is constant.