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Grade 6-8

Human Impacts: Surface Mining for Blueberries

by Ariella F. | Science

Learning Standards: MS.ESS3.3 MS.ESS3.3;
5 Lessons 9:31
  1. 1. What are minerals? 1:41
  2. 2. Surface mining 1:28
  3. 3. Surface mining continued 1:13
  4. 4. Mining for Blueberries 4:44
  5. 5. Evaluating the damage 0:25

Grade 6-8


NGSS Standards

About the course

"Mining has detrimental effects on our planet. The hunt for mineral is causing environmental damage - but how can we visualise this? Evaluate the dire situation by learning real world concepts with tasty treats, and start to imagine solutions to these crucial issues.

Examine troublesome environmental issues stemming from the greenhouse effect, carbon emissions, and surface mining."


Mining for Blueberries

Course overview


What are minerals?

Students will learn the five properties of minerals.


Surface mining

Students will be introduced to surface mining.


Surface mining continued

Students will continue to learn about different types of surface mining and their environmental effects.


Mining for Blueberries

Students will visually understand the damages of surface mining.


Evaluating the damage

Students will visually understand the damages of surface mining.

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  • Environment
  • Mining
  • Science
  • Science at Home
  • Science Experiment

Recommended Materials

muffin, tool for mining ex. Toothpick, knife, spoon, etc.


Ariella is finishing up her senior year at Barnard where she will graduate with a BA in Economics. She has been tutoring for 6 years and works with students ranging in age from 6-20. While Ariella specializes in Economics, she has a strong sense of numbers and also tutors students in math. She has been tutoring with Gooroo since November 2019 and has taught Gooroo Live and Gooroo Courses in STEM topics as a result of her comprehensive liberal arts education.

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