- What is mining?
- Why are some regions more appropriate for mining than others?
- How do we use minerals in our lives?
- What are the environmental implications of mining?
- What happens when a mine closes?
Students are working with partners to answer that last question. We talked about how finding the answer will require a higher level of thinking. The article doesn't come right out and scream it.
I explained to the boys and girls that their answer will be like the milk after they eat their cereal. A mix of two different things: information from the article (the cereal) and their own schema (the milk). It's a funny analogy, but it seemed to help my kids understand that this is an exercise critical thinking. The article points readers in a specific direction, but it's up to the reader to more fully connect the dots.
Working with a partner helps keeps students engaged and accountable. It's also been a great opportunity for my students to discuss their opinions and work collaboratively to come up with a response to this question.