sterling hill as an active mining community Sterling Hill Mining Museum, NJ

 

Educator Resources: Lesson Plans

miner's lifeThe Sterling Hill Mining Museum Education Committee has developed lesson plans that are designed to be used in the school classroom by teachers as preparation for or as a follow-up to a class trip to the Sterling Hill Mining Museum.

The lesson plans are all aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. They are designed to extend, enhance and enrich the educational experiences of a class trip to the museum.

 

A Community is Born

This lesson plan is designed to be used in the school classroom, as a follow-up to a class trip to the Sterling Hill Mining Museum. The objective of this lesson plan is for students to experience how and why communities of people are established based on the types of employment available and the natural resources nearby, using the Sterling Hill zinc mine as an example. Students will develop a model mining community town.

Content Area: Social Studies

Grade Level(s): 3 and 4

Post Classroom Activity: A Community is Born (PDF)

Corresponding Map/Illustration (PDF): print size Tabloid/17¨x11¨ or Legal/14¨x8.5¨

 

Following in the Footsteps of Edison
Part 1: Where’s the Iron Ore?

Students will learn how early prospectors who came to New Jersey used the magnetic properties of magnetite to find hidden deposits of iron ore by observing deflections of a compass needle from its normal orientation. Students will demonstrate that process, either outdoors on the school grounds or in their classrooms.

Content Area: History, Science, Technology

Grade Level(s): 5-12

Classroom Activity: Where’sthe Iron Ore? (PDF)

Part 2: Getting the Iron Out

Students will recreate some of the steps involved in recovering valuable metals from the ores that contain them and will become familiar with Thomas Edison’s lasting contributions to the ore processing technology.

Content Area: History, Science, Technology

Grade Level(s): 5-12

Classroom Activity: Getting the Iron Out (PDF)

Part 3: It’s a Blast!

Students will learn that the consistency of a solid material, whether as fine powder or large chunks, greatly affects its utility. In this activity students will practice agglomeration, the process of binding powders into larger masses more conducive to their intended use, and will learn how this process, as perfected by Thomas Edison, is still a mainstay of materials processing today.

Content Area: History, Science, Social Studies, Technology,

Grade Level(s): 5-12

Classroom Activity: It’s a Blast (PDF)

 

 

Using the Earth’s Resources Wisely: Some Moral Dilemmas

Students will learn how personal lifestyle choices determine, in part, how quickly we use the Earth’s natural resources, and how their decisions affect their quality of life and that of others.

Content Area: Earth Science, Social Studies

Grade Level(s): 8-12

Classroom Activity: Using the Earth’s Resources Wisely: Some Moral Dilemmas (PDF)

 

What’s In It? How Is It Made?
Activity 1: What’s in a Tee Shirt?

Students will learn about raw materials and technology needed to make item common to their everyday lives: a cotton tee-shirt.

Content Area: Technology, Science, History

Grade Level(s): 3-5

Classroom Activity: What’s in a Tee Shirt? (PDF)

 

 

 

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