Mercury in the Environment Lessons
From 2009 Workshop
Mercury in Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Ecosystems: Human interactions with mercury
Mercury at the Dinner Table
Students use a KL chart while the teacher guides student through the four steps: introduction (menu with calculations), model (slide show), coach and fade (. Students make calculations, and play a bioaccumulation game. Lesson plan, KL chart, slide show, bioaccumulation activity and cards, eating calculations and menu and key, and a quiz.
Mercury in the Environment
A general outline of a unit on natural mercury, mining of mercury and biological effects of mercury.
Mercury in the Ecosystem
A lesson which uses mercury as a case study to learn about issues of toxicity. Uses KQED video as information source. For AP environmental science course.
Chemistry Review with Mercury as a Case Study
From 2006 and 2008 Workshop
New Almaden Quicksilver Mine Virtual Field Trip
Students take a virtual field trip to the local mercury mine and learn about the process of mining and the geology of the area. First students read the introductory material. Then they go on the trip, located at http://hjohnsonbio.pbwiki.com/New-Almaden-Quicksilver-Mine-Virtual-Field-Trip
Bioaccumulation of Mercury
In this lesson, students play a bioaccumulation game after reading and answering questions about mercury. After the game, students answer questions about their experience and how it relates to mercury and food webs.
Earth Sciences: How did Mercury Get into the Biogeochemical Cycle?
This lesson begins with the issue of mercury in tuna, and develops into a class project to research different aspects of mercury in the biogeochemical cycle.
Five Chemical Reactions - Classifying Mercury Reactions
Students are able to write, classify and balance chemical reactions which occur during mercury mining and identify mercury-based chemical pollutants and the harmful by-products. (Video of Joanna teaching this lesson)
Mercury in the Environment
The lesson focuses on the problem of mercury in the environment and uses it as an example of how society creates and reacts to a serious health concern. The story of mercury has many aspects that can be expanded upon to reinforce concepts previously covered.
Mercury in Biology
For a biology class, students learn about human effects of mercury, sources of mercury pollution, and the connection of bacteria to the mercury in the environment. Students use graph data, read many reports, and create Winogradski columns to grow bacterial communities. Presentation covers a broad range of bioloy issues with mercury. (Slide show presentation 14MB)
Should Restaurants Serve Swordfish?
Using the problem of mercury in swordfish, students investigate local sources of mercury at New Almaden Mine and conclude by creating a report for local restaurant owners.
Directed Discourse Approach Lessons
In high school chemistry, this interactive lesson introduces students to bonding types in Unit 3. Video of Heather teaching this lesson
Double Replacement Reactions: Forming Mercury in the Environment
In the chemistry lab, students will perform experiments to see a double replacement reaction in an aqueous solution. Chemical properties of mercury will be discussed. (experiment worksheet 1 worksheet 2)
Mercury in the Environment - Summary Mini Unit
Beginning with a mercury sulfide extension to the Ksp of lithium carbonate lab, this mini-lesson on mercury in the environment uses the directed discourse approach. Students learn about the health effects and implications of mercury in the environment, with a culmination or scaffolding activity to develop a mercury awareness campaign in their community. (presentation 16MB)