3-ESS3

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Earth and Human Activity

Students will work through a scenario dealing with mineral identification and how minerals are used. They will be given samples of minerals to identify using testing techniques and a list of properties of minerals. Then using their results they must determine which piece of property they would purchase to provide resources to make specific products.

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Students are given a scenario dealing with a river in a small community that is debating on allowing a company to come in and use the water from the river for its manufacturing processes. The student is the mayor of the town and has to give a "speech" about whether or not to allow this to happen. The scenario lists many of the people in the town and what their opinions are about the factory.

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Students will use data from observation wells and a cross-section of the Badwater Landfill Study area to sketch the water table for three different months. Using the sketches from the data students will answer questions about the study area and how groundwater will move throughout the three months.

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Students will research information about coal in order to figure out the amount of electricity used in a typical classroom, the actual cost to run the lights in a typical classroom, the amount of coal it would take to produce the amount of electricity needed to run the lights, and the amount of carbon dioxide produced when the coal is burned.

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