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Mining for Vocabulary

Recommended Grade Level(s)

  • 3-5
  • 6-8

Primary Subject Area(s)

  • History
  • Science
  • Language Arts
  • Art (Visual Art)

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Activity Description

Make a flipbook of mining vocabulary words. Draw a picture of the early 20th century item on one side and a picture of its contemporary equivalent on the other. Next, invite a miner to visit the class and discuss uses of these vocabulary words on the job site.

Standards Addressed

  1. History
    1. Grade 4 Standards
      1. H3.4.4: Explain how advances in technologies have impacted Nevada, i.e., railroads, mining, and gaming.
  2. Science
    1. Grades 3-5 Standards
      1. N.5.B.1: Students know that, throughout history, people of diverse cultures have provided scientific knowledge and technologies.
    2. Grades 6-8 Standards
      1. E.8.C.5: Students know how geologic processes account for state and regional topography.
      2. E.8.C.6: Students know minerals have different properties and different distributions according to how they form.
      3. E.8.C.7: Students know the characteristics, abundances, and location of renewable and nonrenewable resources found in Nevada.
  3. Language Arts
    1. Grade 4 Standards
      1. 1.4.2: Use resources to find and/or confirm meaning of unknown words encountered in text.
      2. 1.4.3: With assistance, use resources to confirm word origins.
      3. 1.4.4: Build vocabulary using pictures and symbols.
    2. Grade 7 Standards
      1. 1.7.6: Build vocabulary using pictures and symbols.
  4. Art (Visual Art)
    1. Grade 3 Performance Level Indicators
      1. 1.0: Create unique works of art using different media, techniques, and processes meeting all assigned criteria.
      2. 2.0: Create artwork using various visual characteristics in a skillful manner.

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