1. Topic-
Mining in Colorado
2. Content-
One of the first industries to begin in Colorado was mining. How has it impacted our state and the environment?
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. Students will have an understanding of why people moved to Colorado.
2. Students will be able to describe the different type of mines found in Colorado.
3. Students will be exposed to environmental and economic issues of mining.
4. Students will understand the term reclamation.
4. Objectives-
1. List the type of minerals that are mined in Colorado.
2. Explain the uses of the minerals that are mined in Colorado.
3. Demonstate economic skills in a simulated mining activity.
4. Study the impact of mining on the environment.
5. Materials and Aids-
Document camera, laptops, encyclopedia, chocolate chip cookies, play money, lab hand out, and lab equipment (toothpicks, skewers, paper clips.)
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. Class discussion of why explorers came to Colorado.
2. From the mid 1550's to the late 1800's Spanish Explorers looked for gold.
3. Spain ceded a huge land area (that included Colorado) to Napoleon of France and he sold it to the USA ( Louisiana Purchase).
4. In the mid 1800's gold was found in Colorado- Gold Rush brought 50,000 people to Colorado.

B. Development-

1. Map of Colorado Mines
2. Divide into pairs and look up uses of the minerals mined in Colorado.
3. Each group will present uses of a particular mineral that is mined.

C. Practice-

Take class through cookie mining lab procedure.

D. Independent Practice-

Complete Cookie Lab individually.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

After students have worked independently they will work in pairs to discuss lab questions and check lab recordings.

F. Checking for understanding-

1. Review decisions students had to make with cookie mine.
2. Discuss reclamation of cookie mine.
3. Review lab questions.

G. Closure-

1. Graph profits based on type of cookie.
2. Enjoy cookies.
7. Evaluation-
1. Can students connect cookie mining activity to real life mining issues?
2. Can students explain uses of minerals mined in Colorado.

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