Cookie Mining Lab

$3.99

This cookie mining lab is sure to be a hit in your classroom! Who doesn’t love a lab with cookies?! Students love to see the impacts of cookie mining in their own town! Your students will create their own town and model how surface mining impacts the environment with edible ingredients (a cookie!) and write a short CER about the health and environmental impacts of surface mining. Included with the lab handout are pre-lab questions, a step-by step procedure, student directions and map template, analysis questions, and a scaffolded claim, evidence, and reasoning writing activity. Also included in your download is a detailed lesson plan, rubrics, answer key, and differentiated town maps.

 

Description

This cookie mining lab is sure to be a hit in your classroom! Who doesn’t love a lab with cookies?! Students love to see the impacts of cookie mining in their own town! Your students will create their own town and model how surface mining impacts the environment with edible ingredients (a cookie!) and write a short CER about the health and environmental impacts of surface mining. Included with the lab handout are pre-lab questions, a step-by step procedure, student directions and map template, analysis questions, and a scaffolded claim, evidence, and reasoning writing activity. Also included in your download is a detailed lesson plan, rubrics, answer key, and differentiated town maps.

 

Low prep and easy to follow!
Students will create a town, mine a cookie with a toothpick, and analyze the effects of surface mining on their town. This editable and edible CER cookie mining natural resources lab uses affordable and easily accessible supplies. Each team or individual student will need 1 cookie and 1 toothpick.

 

Topics

  • Surface Mining
  • Impacts of Mining
  • Renewable and Non-Renewable Natural Resources
  • CER in Science

 

Lab Overview
– Students will answer 8 pre-lab questions (suggested references handout is included for student support).
– Students will create a town on the provided town map handout. 4 version and an editable version are included!
– Students will place the cookie on their town map and mine their cookie for coal ore using a toothpick
– Students will analyze their lab data and answer post-lab analysis questions
– As a culminating activity, students will work on their own to complete a final short CER activity based on a question prompt about surface mining, human society, and the environment (editable and differentiated rubrics included). Sometimes I assign this last part, sometimes I do not if we are low on time, and sometimes I offer it as extra credit. This is editable as well!

 

What You Will Receive :

  • Teacher Lesson Plan with standards, objectives, vocabulary, pacing, procedure, prep, and materials
  • Student Lab Handout with procedure, pre-lab questions, post-lab questions, and CER activity (PDF and Editable MS Word)
  • Images of student examples
  • 3 CER Writing Rubrics- 3 versions included for differentiation (PDF)
  • Answer Key (PDF)

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