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.

Saskatchewan Mining Association Education Outreach

This organization provides free lesson plans for elementary, middle and secondary teachers and students. In addition to searching the database of activities, helpful references, career profiles, video series and more are offered.  Topics include potash mining, uranium processing, gold and coal mining, and related chemistry. Some reference materials are available in French.

Aquifer in a Cup

Students build a model to see what groundwater looks like and learn some basic groundwater vocabulary.

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.

A Paste with a Taste Activity

To allow students to produce a “marketable” product made from minerals that are used by most people every day. Both the abrasive and cleansing compounds found in toothpaste, calcium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate, are mined mineral commodities. Students adjust recipes to affect the flavor of the toothpaste they make.  Worksheet included.

Iron Minerals on the Moon

Students will model the process of magnetic separation of minerals that metallurgists use to separate valuable iron minerals from the rest of the minerals in the ore, using common breakfast cereal.