Category: Lessonplans

A collection of LP and support materials for Earth science lessons

Radioactive Depoits

Hook:  Did you know that radioactive deposits have been mined in Alaska?  Go to http://www.ucoreraremetals.com/bokan.asp and read about the former Ross Adams Mine.   What is uranium used for? Do you think UCORE should resume full scale mining operations?  The instructor…

Gold Mining Hook

http://www.akmining.com/mine/nuggets.htm I would use the above link of pictures of large gold nuggets found in Alaska as a hook for a lesson to discuss mineral deposits and the Gold Rush in Alaska. I would use it to show that minerals…

Alaska’s Jade Mountain

The website sitnews.com, based out of Ketchikan, Alaska presents “stories in the news”. At the link http://www.sitnews.us/JuneAllen/AlaskaJade/100504_jade_mountain.html there is a 2004 article by June Allen about Alaska’s legendary Jade Mountain roughly 150 miles east of Kotzebue. The article discusses locations…

Alaska Mining Timeline

http://www.library.state.ak.us/goldrush/stories/timeline.htm This is a timeline about the Alaskan Gold Rush from 1849 to 1914. I would take excerpts from this, focusing on discoveries of mineral deposits, and have the students place them in order. This will connect prior knowledge and…

One big pebble.

http://blog.skytruth.org/2010/02/pebble-mine-alaska-superimposed-on.html Below is a picture of the plans for pebble mine supperimposed on the city of Seattle.  I would use it as  a place based earth science lesson as “hook”.  The class can then discuss what they know about pebble mine and…