Students will conduct a mining activity with chocolate chip cookies, then design a solution to improve their profits and environmental impacts.


SEEd 8.4.3 Design a solution to monitor or mitigate the potential effects of the use of natural resources. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well each solution meets the criteria and constraints of the problem. Examples of uses of the natural environment could include agriculture, conservation efforts, recreation, solar energy, and water management. (ESS3.A, ESS3.C, ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C)

Lesson Performance Expectations

  • Students will develop a plan to mitigate the effects of our extraction of natural resources through mining.
  • They will develop a plan to make use of land in a way that encourages the restoration of the natural ecosystem.
  • They will identify the effects to the environment caused by the mining and research how mining reclamation has been done in the past, including specific examples from Utah.