Lesson Plan

Grades 3-5, 6-8

Mining for Chocolate

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15 minutes (Part 1); 30 minutes (Part 2)

SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Minerals, Personal Consumption

Resource Overview

After matching everyday products to their natural sources, students “mine” chocolate chip cookies to discover the impacts of many mining operations.

Students will be able to:
  • Match everyday items with the minerals used to make them.
  • Name two nonrenewable resources and describe why they are considered nonrenewable.
  • Identify impacts mining can have on surrounding land and communities.
  • Examine the opportunity costs associated with mining operations and name two examples.

Features of This Resource

  • Includes discussion of economic concepts such as opportunity cost
  • Students reach fun “ah-ha” moment
  • Mining Area Grid gives concrete way for students to consider how mining affects other species and natural resources

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