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Episode Guide

Things To Do

1. Watch Mining Booms and Busts.


2. Complete Episode Quiz individually or as a group. (Note: The quiz has additional information and related video.)


3. Student Glossary (PDF)

- Print Crossword Puzzle, (answers) and distribute to class.


4. Discussion Cards (PDF)


5. Class Activity - Land Subsidence: Poor Mining Practices

The Lead Subsidence Video

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Episode Script

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During this hands-on activity your students will use household items to investigate density. They will also learn about the Lead Opera House and Recreation Center opened in 1914.

During this activity your students will learn about compounds and mixtures. They will also learn how cyanide solution was used to chemically remove gold and silver from ore.

The students will learn about a tragic 1930 fire at the Ellison Shaft, Homestake. They will also use household items to investigate reaction rates of a chemical reaction.

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