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Hard Rock to Heavy Metal Unit of Work

Year Level(s) Years 7-10 Years 11-12
Subject Area(s) Geography Science Chemistry Earth & Environmental Science
Topic(s) Geology / Mineral Formation Mining Rocks & Minerals Minerals Processing
Resource Type Units of Work
Publish Date 28th Jan 2011

This is a teaching plan for a unit of work about minerals in Queensland, their mining and processing and the properties of the metals derived from them. It consists of a tabulated sequence of lesson topics and key concepts together with suggested strategies and resources. It makes extensive use of hyperlinks to resources from the Queensland Resources Council’s Oresome Resources website as well as other sites.

Educational value statement

  • Provides teachers with a suggested sequence of lessons for a 10 week unit.
  • Provides opportunities for students to develop a deep understanding of the mineral industry in Queensland.
  • Provides opportunities for learning about chemical reactions and chemical equations.
  • Contains links to a variety of resources
  • Can be downloaded as a PDF or MS Word file.

Key learning objectives

  • Students investigate the properties, occurrence, mining, processing and economic importance of minerals in Queensland.
  • Students investigate the physical and chemical properties of metals.


  • Science Understanding: Chemical sciences; Earth and space sciences
  • Science as a Human Endeavour: Nature and development of science; Use and influence of science
  • Science Inquiry Skills: Planning and conducting; Processing and analysing data and information
  • (Geographical knowledge and understanding: Place).


Unit of Work - Hard Rock to Heavy Metal (Word)

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