Minerals & Resources

Click for Teacher ResourcesWhich mineral resources come from Africa, that the world depends on? Where are they found/created?

TASKS


https://youtu.be/tPMTKaPLfAY

SOUTH AFRICA’S NATURAL RESOURCES

Listen to researchers from the Mama Africa team talking about the natural resources of Africa.

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Amber - gemstone but technically not a mineral

AFRICAN GEMSTONE

What is your favourite African Gemstone, Mineral or Fossil? Which characteristics do you both share? Write a poem or short written piece that illustrates your thoughts. Add some pictures if you want to.


Natural resource extraction - mining

WHAT IS A NATURAL RESOURCE?

With your teacher’s help make a list of natural resources. Illustrate it if you can using pictures you find online or in books, or your own photography or drawing.


Timber

WHAT RESOURCES CAN WE SEE?

Look around you. Look at what you’re wearing. Is anyone wearing jewellery? Look at the furniture you’re sitting on. Look at the room you’re in. What are all these things made of? Where did the materials come from? How did you travel to school? What are vehicles made of? Where does the fuel come from? What is your computer made of? With your teacher’s help try and identify all the resources that have been used to create your environment. Try and trace these products back and see where they came from. Write a short report and use a world map if you can.


NATURAL WEALTH

With your teacher’s help try and find out what natural resources come from Africa. What are these resources used for in everyday life? What do we mean when we say a country is rich or poor? Can a country be rich while it’s citizens are poor?


Miners underground

MINING

Where are natural resources found? How are they collected? Why are they valuable? How are they turned into products that we recognize? With your teacher’s help, take a look at the mining and energy industries. Look at factories, particularly where natural resources are turned into products we recognise and write a short report of your findings. You can illustrate it as well.


See also:

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Teacher’s Resource

 
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National Curriculum