Gold Rush!

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An after-school science class on properties teaches students “all that glitters is not gold.” Through this gold panning simulation, students analyze the properties of pyrite, or “Fool’s Gold,” and discover the importance of properties to early prospectors and themselves. This interdisciplinary activity is loosely based on the Nature Watch kit “Gold Diggins.”

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A selection from Science and Children—March 2009

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  • on Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:21 PM

Outstanding and detailed description of integrating social studies, science and language arts into a lesson on matter and minerals. Several extensions and tips using organizers are given. I could easily make a few tweaks and use this with my 6th graders.

Alyce Dalzell  (Peyton, CO)
Alyce Dalzell (Peyton, CO)

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