Core Drilling for Oil

SEEd 5.1.1 Analyze and interpret data to describe patterns of Earth’s features. Emphasize most earthquakes and volcanoes occur in bands that are often along the boundaries between continents and oceans while major mountain chains may be found inside continents or near their edges. Examples of data could include maps showing locations of mountains on continents and the ocean floor or the locations of volcanoes and earthquakes. (ESS2.B)

Lesson Performance Expectations

The student will be able to:

Students will recognize layers in the core samples, understand why core samples are taken and identify the location of an oil deposit.

 

Patterns in Minerals

 SEEd 5.2.2 Ask questions to plan and carry out investigations to identify substances based on patterns of their properties. Emphasize using properties to identify substances. Examples of properties could include color, hardness, conductivity, solubility, or a response to magnetic forces. Examples of substances could include powders, metals, minerals, or liquids. (PS1.A)

Lesson Performance Expectations 

  • Students will plan and carry out an investigation on minerals to look for patterns associated with their color, hardness, streak color and response to magnetism. 
  • Students will be able to identify the minerals based on the investigation.

Physical Change with Matter and Heat

SEEd 5.2.4 Use mathematics and computational thinking to provide evidence that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling, or combining substances, the total weight of matter is conserved. Examples could include melting an ice cube, dissolving salt in water, and combining baking soda and vinegar in a closed bag. (PS1.A, PS1.B)

 

Lesson Performance Expectations

Students will identify different states of matter, the conservation of mass with phase change and make observations of energy/heat loss during a physical change in matter.

 

 

Be Aware of our Air

5.3.4 Evaluate design solutions whose primary function is to conserve Earth’s environments and resources. Define the problem, identify criteria and constraints, analyze available data on proposed solutions, and determine an optimal solution. Emphasize how humans can balance everyday needs (agriculture, industry, and energy) while conserving Earth’s environments and resources. (ESS3.A, ESS3.C, ETS1.A, ETS1.C)

Lesson Performance Expectations

Students will recognize that air is a natural resource. Students will create a solution to minimize their effect on the air through conservation of energy.

Mining and Reclamation to Protect the Environment

SEEd 5.3.4 Evaluate design solutions whose primary function is to conserve Earth’s environments and resources. Define the problem, identify criteria and constraints, analyze available data on proposed solutions, and determine an optimal solution. Emphasize how humans can balance everyday needs (agriculture, industry, and energy) while conserving Earth’s environments and resources. (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.