Mined Minerals in My Day Coloring and Activity Book

The new Mined Minerals in My Day coloring and activity book is designed for children grades K-2 (ages 5-8). It provides a fun, hands-on way for young children to learn more about the importance of mined minerals in their daily lives. Children can color pages about mined minerals in their meal, home, and community. They can color a surface and an underground mine, and enjoy a word search, a word scramble, and more. QR codes lead to more K-2 activities and information in the MEC website. This is a fun opportunity for young students to observe mineral shapes, understand simple mining-related concepts, and explore the importance of mined minerals in all of our lives.

Electrowinning (EW)

Students conduct experiments to explore concepts in mineral processing engineering (also known as metallurgy), industrial process engineering, and chemical engineering to iteratively improve the design of an electrochemical copper refining process. An electric current is used to refine copper from the mineral malachite.

MineralsEd Activity Books

These great activity books from MineralsEd have coloring pages, games and puzzles, and information about mining and minerals!

I am a Mining Engineer
This book of the MineralsEd Career Series addresses the operating phase of the Mine Development Cycle. Following the discovery of an ore deposit, our mining engineers are hired to figure out if the deposit can be mined safely and economically. Once the feasibility is established, the mining engineers design the mine site and oversee the construction. When construction is complete, their job is to monitor the operation and ensure everything is running smoothly.  EN FR

I am an Exploration Geologist
This book of the MineralsEd Career Series addresses the mineral exploration phase of the Mine Development Cycle. Follow three exploration geologists as they head into the field to gather geological data in hopes of finding a valuable mineral deposit, and learn what an average day exploring in the field is like. EN SP FR Answer Key

I am an Environmental Scientist
This book of the MineralsEd Career Series addresses the environmental assessment phase of the Mine Development Cycle, and the ongoing work of environmental scientists throughout operation and after closure. Following the discovery of a mineral deposit, our environmental scientists head to the proposed mine site to assess the environment and plan ways to minimize the impacts of mining. While the mine is operating, they monitor the effects of mining on the environment. After the mine closes, the environmental scientists work to return the land to its previous condition.

Minerals in Your Home – Intermediate
We use things made from Earth’s mineral resources every day. Take a close look inside each room at home and discover all the products that come from mining, how essential mineral resources are to our everyday lives, and what you can do to conserve these non-renewable resources and minimize your environmental impact. Intermediate version best suited for Grade 4-7 reading levels. EN FR Answer Key

Minerals in Your Home – Primary
We use things made from Earth’s mineral resources every day. Take a close look inside each room at home and discover all the products that come from mining, how essential mineral resources are to our everyday lives, and what you can do to conserve these non-renewable resources and minimize your environmental impact. Primary version best suited for K-Grade 3 reading levels. EN FR Answer Key

Mineral Mania
A creative, rock-themed story written and illustrated by Grade 5 students at Sacred Heart School in Delta, BC. EN

Also see the Virtual Library, Digital Resources, and Mining 101.

A World of Minerals in Your Mobile Device

This fact sheet from the U.S. Geological Survey shows ore minerals that are sources of mineral commodities used to make cell phones and a map of the countries that produce some of these minerals.

Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour behind-the-scenes of Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah. The mine is the largest excavation on Earth and over its history has produced more copper than any other mine. The Kennecott Bingham Canyon Mine also produces gold, silver and molybdenum. Visit the mine, concentrator, smelter, refinery and other facilities through captioned narration, 360° images, and videos.

Learn about environment and sustainability efforts that include the “cleanest smelter in the world,” reusing 80% of their water, and creating the 3000 acre shorebird preserve, LEED buildings and a sustainable community. Content is aimed at grades 6-12, though all ages will enjoy the Virtual Tour.

Note: The tour requires sign-in with name and email.  The virtual tour works best with the latest version of modern browsers Firefox, Explorer and Chrome.

From Ore To More Video

This fun 6-minute video from Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper tells the story of copper from start to finish, through the mining, processing and end uses of copper, complete with great mathematical analogies for the scale of giant sizes and weights.

Content aimed at grades 4-8, though all ages will enjoy the video. [5:59]

The Mining Industry and Minerals Primer

This eight-page publication has information about the common mineral groups, how a mine is made, mineral exploration, concentrating, smelting and refining, and related simple activities.

11″ x 17″ two-color newspaper-format

Suggested Grades: K – 8