Activity 2: Rocks & Minerals
EVERYWHERE, ROCKS & MINERALS
Teaches students the importance and abundance of rocks and minerals in their daily lives. Students find ways in which they use rocks and minerals at home and at school.
Teach students about the importance of rocks and minerals in daily life.
Students will be able to:
How have rocks and minerals touched your life today? Did you brush your teeth before you left the house? Well, there's calcium carbonate (chalk) in your toothpaste. Did you use any hot water this morning? It probably traveled to your faucet through copper pipes. Have you called anybody today? There are over 40 minerals in your telephone. Have you watched any TV? There are about 35 different minerals in a TV. How many minerals do you think are in your car? What about the pavement you drove on to get to school? Rocks and minerals are everywhere. Just remember: if it can't be grown, it has to be mined (or recycled)!
Inside the average six-room house:
While driving, consider the following:
From energy, construction, and agriculture, to communications, transportation, and national defense, at home, work, or play, we all use or require minerals and mineral materials every day. How do we get minerals? Minerals must be mined from the ground, either by surface, underground, or drilling methods. Sand and gravel is usually mined in surface pits called quarries, gold is mined in surface pits, underground mines, and in streams and rivers.
Why is it important to be able to identify rocks and minerals? How are rocks and minerals obtained from the earth? Are there any mines or quarries in your area? If so, what materials are they obtaining from the earth? What are those materials used for? What are some of the machines they use to get rocks and minerals out of the ground? Will we ever run out of minerals and rocks to mine? What happens if there isn't anything left to take out of the earth?