Fool's Gold Panning Activity
Classical Conversations Directors: This is a fabulous item for the Cycle 1, Week 13 "Sinkers" activity.
Let the kids pan for fool's gold with this single-use activity set. You'll receive a 4-cup bag of mixed soil and rock, containing dozens and dozens of little pyrite grains.
Add 1/2 cup of mix into a foam bowl (not included) for each student, swirl and swish with water, and simulate a stream placer deposit. Students will see how dense materials are concentrated in the bowl while finer grains escape with the water.
One bag provides 1/2 cup of mix to 8 students.