Mining with Year 3

Posted on June 29, 2018

We have discussed many different ways that the earth is affected by our way of life” rubbish (plastic especially), mining, deforestation, etc.

In order to help students internalise the impact of this, we participated in a hands-on activity where each student had their own “mine with gems in it” (aka a frosted chocolate brownie with white chocolate chips in it). They were each given a toothpick as their tool and told to mine for precious stones. After a given time period, they were told that the mining was finished in their area and that the “government” required them to restore their land to its original condition.

Some students’ “mines” were easier to fix than others - with some requiring an awful lot of time and probably money spent on them to restore them properly! A very practical demonstration of a real world issue!