Intermediate Integrated Resource Unit on Mining

Intermediate students enjoy the opportunity to learn about mineral resources and mining. It is all new to them! This resource is written with a thematic approach to mining and Earth science, designed for intermediate curriculum and integrates learning across the curriculum subjects (Science, Math, Social Studies, Art, English). Students examine mining in the past, present and future. They are introduced to rocks and minerals, the rock cycle, mining and geology in BC, how mineral resources are discovered and developed, how we use minerals and metals, mining careers, and mining and the environment.

The workshop consists of two parts:

  • Part 1: The MineralsEd’s “Rock Star 101” presentation will introduce participants to mining and geology in B.C., rocks and minerals, and the rock cycle. Teachers will have the opportunity to get hands-on by exploring their own MineralsEd Rocks and Minerals Kit and practicing their rock and mineral identification.
  • Part 2: Participants will review and discuss lesson plans and classroom activities from the resource unit binder.

Participating teachers receive a comprehensive support kit (valued at $400) which includes:

  • a 350-page teacher’s binder, worksheets, and answer keys
  • a wealth of support materials including maps, posters, MineralsEd activity books, and more
  • a Rock and Mineral Kit, Mining Samples Kit, and Reclamation Experiment Kit
  • a USB with digital materials and links to relevant geoscience and mining webpages

Target Audience


To Bring/Important Notes

Pen or Pencil. Snacks and water to fuel them throughout the workshop. 


To participate in this workshop you will need to purchase a resource unit kit for $50 (see link below).

Intermediate Integrated Resource Unit on Mining Eventbrite link

***Note: the cost for resource kits are not eligible for reimbursement from ProD funds***


11:45 AM - 3:00 PM
Room E205
Sullivan Heights Secondary School

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  • MineralsEd
    Andrea Eisler

    Andrea Eisler presents the in-service workshop for MineralsEd's Intermediate Integrated Resource Unit on Mining. She has been a part of MineralsEd’s team since 1998. While teaching at Inman Elementary in Burnaby Andrea continuously provided guidance on all resources and initiatives for intermediate classrooms and piloted them in her classes. She contributed to the development of MineralsEd's Earth Sciences resource unit and delivers our popular Junior Geologist classroom workshop.

  • MineralsEd
    Sarah Jackson-Brown

    Sarah joined the MineralsEd team as Program Coordinator in July 2020. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Sarah has always been passionate about the natural world, leading her to pursue a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. After moving out west in 2011, she then pursued an M.Sc. in Geology from the University of British Columbia which sparked her love of education. Sarah has explored many roles within the mining and education sectors and is excited to bring her experiences to the MineralsEd team. Sarah is responsible for communication with MineralsEd partners and schools, facilitation of MineralsEd programming and materials, and social media management. In her spare time Sarah enjoys gardening, baking, and spending time with her many pets.