Birdseed Mining

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Link to Resource: http://www.earthsciweek.org/classroom-activities/birdseed-mining
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); Women in Mining (WIM) Education Foundation
Summary:"Mining is a complex process in which valuable or useful materials are removed from large masses of rock. In this activity, students use birdseed and colored beads to mine for """"precious metals"""" and """"gold."""" At th end of the activity, students can count up their winnings. The students gain knowledge in what it's like mining and facing hardships of not finding anything of value. The students also learn how much certain mined materials value at."
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:4-ESS2-2; 5-ESS2-1; HS-ESS3-2; HS-ESS3-6; K-ESS3-2; MS-ESS3-4
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information; Planning and carrying out investigations; Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; earth science week; geology; high school; k-5; k-5 geosource; metal; middle school; mineral resources; minerals; mining; rocks
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