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Connected through Minerals

Natural resource literacy is the process of building knowledge, skills and experiences that empower students to make informed decisions about issues related to natural resources and the environment.

For students of grades 4 through 7 (elementary cycles 2 and 3, and secondary cycle 1).

Why do minerals matter to me?
How do humans start with rocks and end up with smartphones?


Connected though Minerals is a deluxe edukit developed by the Canadian Museum of Nature in collaboration with teachers, museum researchers and industry experts.

The rentable suitcase and unit plan contain:

  • Many activities, minerals and objects to explore
  • A comprehensive Teacher Guide with seven modules of lesson plans, worksheets and explanations
  • Interpretive panels with museum specimens for display in your classroom.

You'll also receive digital access to:

  • Student materials in PDF, PowerPoint, web and Google formats
  • Fun and engaging videos
  • An interactive mapping challenge.

All materials are provided in both English and French.


© Canadian Museum of Nature


Rental Information

  • $195 for a 2-week rental (tax not included)
  • Free local pick-up, or a flat rate of $100 for round-trip shipping anywhere in Canada
  • Add $75 for 1 additional week, or $125 for 2 additional weeks
  • Subject to availability.

Learning Objectives

Connected through Minerals is intended to introduce and develop natural-resource literacy with students of grades 4 through 7:

  • Discover how minerals are connected to our everyday lives
  • Follow the life cycle of a smartphone from beginning to end (or to a new beginning?)
  • Explore the interrelationships between humans and the natural world.

Curriculum Links

This edukit supports the teaching of the following.


Science and Technology

  • Rocks and minerals
  • Properties of and changes in matter
  • Particle theory of matter.

Social Science

  • Natural resources
  • Physical geography.



  • Mineral resources are important to our everyday lives.
  • The chemical ingredients of all human-made objects are sourced from natural materials.
  • Humans are part of nature. Even in modern life, we are always connected to the natural world through our use of natural resources.
  • Every human-made object can symbolically connect us to all the people, places and things that have gone into making it.

Sustainability and Stewardship

  • Mineral resources are finite and non-renewable.
  • The mining, processing and use of mineral resources affect both people and the environment.
  • Our choices as individuals and as a society affect people and the environment.
  • There are ways to conserve mineral resources and reduce the impacts of their use.


  • All matter (including minerals and human-made objects) is made of chemical elements.
  • Minerals are an important source of metals and other element-ingredients used to make objects.
  • The properties of matter are related to its chemical composition (its "recipe").
  • The properties of materials determine how they can be used.

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