Chocolate Chip Cookie Mining- Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Name: Kaytlyn Placatka

Date: October 18, 2017

Subject: Science

Grade: 4

Content (Topic):

Chocolate Chip Cookie Mining

Instructional Strategies (Specific):

  • Activating Prior Knowledge
  • Active Learning
  • Exit Slip

Outcomes:

RM4.2 Assess how human uses of rocks and minerals impact self, society, and the environment.

Indicators:

  1. Discuss ways in which people of different cultures value, respect, and use rocks and minerals, including First Nations and Métis connections to Mother Earth.
  2. Discuss the economic benefits associated with mineral extraction and refining, including related careers, in Saskatchewan.
  3. Analyze issues related to the extraction and use of minerals from the perspectives of various stakeholders (e.g., company owner, employee, scientist, Elder, an environmental group, and end user).

Prerequisite Learning:

Students learning would be enhanced by having prior knowledge in regards to what rocks and minerals are; though students without any background on the subject matter will be able to participate fully in this activity.

Differentiated Learning/Adaptive Dimension:

  • Instructions/procedures for the activity will be written on the board so students can easily reference them as they complete the activity.
  • Will play calming music in the background while students are doing the activity to create a calm learning environment.

Preparation (Materials, Resources, Equipment):

  • 2 cookies for every student (2 x 25 = 50 *plus a few extra to be prepared in case there is a new student or a student requires another cookie)
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper Towel
  • Paper
  • Clock/Timer (to be aware of the time)

Student Engagement/ Classroom Management Strategies:

  • To gather the student’s attention use an engaging call and response strategy. For example, “when I say shark bait you say oh ha ha”
  • Playing calming music in the background

Set (min 5-10 )

Open a discussion with students as to what they already know about rocks and minerals. Such as, “What is a resource? If rocks and minerals are a resource where can they be found? Why do we place such value on rocks and minerals?”.

Development (min 35-45)

Explain that in today’s activity the cookie will represent the environments that contain a source of energy (land) and the chocolate chips will represent a resource (a rock or mineral) such as coal, potash, diamonds, etc.

*Complete activity (laid out on next page)

Closure (min 5-10 )

Discuss with students why they think we did this activity. Then ask them about their process, “How would you change your mining techniques to make more ‘money’ next time? What were your mining techniques when you were not fined for breaking the cookie? How did it change when you were fined?”. Then move onto more thought-provoking questions such as, “How does this relate to real mines? How does this affect the environment? How do you think this has affected the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada?“

After the discussion is complete an exit slip will be handed out asking students to answer the following questions, “What is one thing I learned today? What is something I want to learn more about?”

***Activity Taken and Adapted From:

Learning Activity

Name: Kaytlyn Placatka

Date: October 18, 2017

Subject: Science

Grade: 4

Activity Purpose:

Expose students to an environmental issue that is relevant to their lives and recognize the effects of extracting resources, like rocks and mineral, from the Earth.

Possible Learnings:

  • Think critically about environmental issues
  • Understand differing views of the world
  • Identify the benefits of extracting resources (rocks and minerals) to the economy

Materials & Resources:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper Towel
  • Paper
  • Clock/Timer

Advanced Preparation:

Have individual bags made up for students to eliminate potential conflict and increase organization. Ensure that there are no food allergies prior to beginning activities or take precautions that are necessary (such as making sure the cookies are made in a nut free facility for example).

Differentiated Learning:

  • Provide written instructions on the board for easy reference throughout the activity.
  • Use a timer so students are able to visually see how much time they have to complete the task at hand.

Assessment:

Assessment will be made for learning, not of learning. An exit slip will be handed out at the end of class for students to complete.

Procedure:

Provide instruction before handing out materials in order to minimize distraction. Instruct students to not eat the cookie until the end.

  1. Predict how many chocolate chips are in the ‘environment’ and record it.
  2. Every chocolate chip equals $100
  3. Extract as many chocolate chips you can in 5 minutes.
  4. Now, on your piece of paper, add up how much your cookie is “worth”

Now, start mining on a different cookie, BUT… make less damage to the environment.

  1. Predict how many chocolate chips are in the ‘environment’ and record it.
  2. Every chocolate chip equals $100 BUT for every cookie crumb that falls off you are penalized $20.
  3. Extract as many chocolate chips you can in two minutes. BE CAREFUL and try not to cause harm to the environment.
  4. Now add up how much your cookie is “worth”

Student Engagement/ Classroom Management Strategies:

  • To gather the student’s attention use an engaging call and response strategy. For example, “when I say shark bait you say oh ha ha”
  • Playing calming music in the background

Possible Variations:

  • Make connections to other subject areas and expand such as with Social Studies and discuss how minings influences (job opportunity, damage to the environment, etc.)

***Activity Taken and Adapted From:

  • Southern Illinois Professional Development Center. (n.d.). Chocolate chip cookie mining. Retrieved from

http://www.siue.edu/SIPDC/Library/lesson%20plan/Lesson%203%20Science-CHOCOLATE%20CHIP%20COOKIE%20MINING.pdf

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