Assess how human uses of rocks and minerals impact self, society, and the environment.
Indicators for this outcome

Discuss ways in which people of different cultures value, respect, and use rocks and minerals, including First Nations and Métis connections to Mother Earth.


Identify objects in their local environment that are made from rocks and minerals (e.g., nickel, table salt, pottery, cement, carvings, brick, jewellery, bicycle, nutrients, battery, copper wiring, soda can, plumbing pipe, and sidewalk).


Research historical (e.g., flint arrowhead, gold jewellery, paint pigment, and coal heating) and contemporary (e.g., fertilizer, building products, ceramics, glass, salt, silver fillings, and electronics) uses for rocks and minerals in Saskatchewan.


Suggest alternative materials that could be used to create everyday objects or propose new uses for rocks and minerals.


Relate uses for rocks and minerals to characteristics such as functionality, mineral shape, cost, availability, and aesthetics.


Identify locations where minerals, including potash, sodium sulphate, salt, kaolin, uranium, copper, coal, diamond, and gold, are extracted in Saskatchewan.


Discuss the economic benefits associated with mineral extraction and refining, including related careers, in Saskatchewan.


Analyze issues related to the extraction and use of minerals from the perspectives of various stakeholders (e.g., company owner, employee, scientist, Elder, environmental group, and end user).


Research ways in which products made from rocks or minerals can be recycled and reused.


Suggest methods of reclaiming resource extraction sites (e.g., quarry, strip mine, open pit mine, and hard rock mine) to reduce short- and long-term impacts on communities and the environment.


Assess their own and their family's impact on natural resources based on their current lifestyle.

Pearson Saskatchewan Science 4. Student Edition
Pearson Saskatchewan Science 4 is custom published for Saskatchewan and developed by a team of Saskatchewan teachers. Each unit starts with a list of "Big Ideas" that set the focus for the unit. A Big Idea then provides the title for each section in the unit. Throughout the unit, opportunities are provided for students to work together, communicate ideas, perform experiments and carry out library and Internet research. Key vocabulary is bolded throughout the unit and an explanation of each te...
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•  Pearson Saskatchewan Science 4. SMART Notebook Lessons
•  Pearson Saskatchewan Science 4. Teacher's Resource Kit
Media and Formats : Book
Price : $79.27
Record posted/updated: October 13, 2019
Hands-on Science Grade 4: An Inquiry Approach (WNCP ed.)
This new edition contains easy-to-follow lesson plans that incorporate an inquiry-based approach to learning. The student-centred activities also include ideas for integrating Indigenous knowledge, multicultural connections and real-world applications into each lesson. The four units contained in the resource are: Habitats and Communities; Light; Sound and Rocks, Minerals, and Erosion.
Media and Formats : Book
Price : $124.00
Record posted/updated: November 28, 2018
Adventures in Sand
Baird examines how sand is made, how sand is used in everyday life and how sand can provide clues to the past. Students will learn that erosion and decay can form sand and that sand comes in many colours, such as Prince Edward Island's distinct red sand. The book includes many photographs of various sand types and a table of contents.
Media and Formats : Book
Price : $12.95
Record posted/updated: November 28, 2018
Concentus Citizenship Education Resources. Grade 4: The Intentional & Explicit Teaching of Essential Citizenship Competencies
Students will extend their exploration of rules and societal order to the workings of the various governing systems in Saskatchewan, including First Nations and Métis governance and provincial governance structures. Students will begin to understand the impact of the differing levels of government and understand the connections between varying levels of responsibility.
Media and Formats : Document
Price : Free
Record posted/updated: January 25, 2019
In this video program, students learn about minerals and the role minerals play in our lives. Minerals are made up of two or more elements and are found in nature. Students learn how minerals are classified and how some minerals look the same, but have different properties. A teacher's guide is available.
Media and Formats : CD/DVD
Price : $135.00
Record posted/updated: November 28, 2018