In this activity, students receive a chocolate chip cookie and must "mine" the "coal chips" with a toothpick or paperclip. They get to see how the cookie, which represents the Earth, is changed by mining - a visual representation of the damage done by surface or strip mining.
This PDF includes:
- background information on coal and coal mining
- teacher instructions
- student instructions (I recommend printing just a class set - save paper, be green!)
- student graph paper worksheet
- student data analysis worksheet
- student conclusions worksheet
As a part of their data analysis, I provide the skeleton of a chart I ask students to create, as this is a skill that I have found is relatively new to my middle school students. It is a great way to incorporate math into the activity without taking up a ton of time!
Although you can find many free resources that explain this activity, the instruction sheets and student worksheets that I created are clear, organized, and look both professional and fun. If you are like me, that matters! Additionally, visual learners will appreciate the clear structure and fun fonts. Finally, I was able to utilize clip art from Etsy sellers like Roxie’s Creations, Trina Clark, and DigiWebStudio to make it all look absolutely wonderful as well!
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