Minerals & Energy - Grade 5
Fifth Grade students get their hands dirty as they discover Wyoming’s mineral resources in this unit of six lessons. Students make personal connections with Wyoming’s mineral industry as they learn about mineral by-products they use every day. After learning the importance of mineral resources, students explore where they are found, how they are mined, and how mining affects the economy of our towns, cities, and state. Stewardship of our minerals and mines is explored through a hands-on-reclamation activity where students try to “mine” and “reclaim” a pan layered with oatmeal, marbles, shaving cream, and sprinkles. Students share knowledge gained during the unit as they create a public service announcement for their final project.