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6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

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Mobile Minerals

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  • This animated video examines the minerals in mobile phones and their origins.
  • Students will learn that potassium, silver, and tin are some of the minerals you can find in mobile phones, and these minerals come from different countries and continents around the world.
Teaching Tips


  • The video is concise and easy to understand.
  • The video's animation style is colorful and distinct.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the periodic table of elements.
  • Teachers may want to have pictures of the minerals the video mentions.


  • This video can supplement a lesson on how the production and consumption of technology impact the Earth's climate.
  • Geography teachers can use this video in a lesson about how technology production leads to intercontinental trade and who benefits more than others in this exchange.
  • This video could enhance a lesson on how mobile phones are produced, who the producers are, and what parts of mobile phones contribute to various functions.
  • Students can discuss how mobile phones impact social structures, mental health, and commerce.
  • Teachers may wish to display a world map and the periodic table to reference as the characters identify different minerals and their countries of origin.
Scientist Notes
This video centers around a group of friends investigating the minerals found in cell phones and where they come from. This video is a fun addition to a classroom discussing mineral use and production and how mining these minerals affects the planet.

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