Lesson Plans:
Elementary School

Math: How Much Do We Use? (Grades 4-6)
Students examine how much electricity costs in different states and how much it costs to power different devices in their home.

STEM Careers: Mock Interviews (Grades 4-6)
Students learn about different careers in the coal industry and what skills are needed to pursue those careers.

Language Arts: Writing About Science and the Environment (Grades 4-6)
Students learn about land reclamation/restoration, then discuss and write about the process.

Science: Coal to Electricity (Grades 4-6)
Students examine what electricity is, where it comes from, and how we use it.

Coal Formation (Grades K-6)
Students conduct a simulation of the formation of coal and practice the essential laboratory skills of hypothesizing, observing, and explaining their findings.

Coal Flowers: A Historic Craft (Grades K-8)
Students observe the process of crystallization in the making of coal flowers, a historic craft among coal mining families.

Conserving Electric Energy (Grades 3-8)
Students participate in two experiments in which they (1) gain an appreciation for their dependency on electricity and (2) learn how regulating the rate of energy consumption makes the energy source last longer. (This is a great hands-on activity for students to comprehend the effects of regulation.) For a fun family activity about using electricity in your home, see the Family Activity from The United States of Energy.

Cookie Mining (Grades 3-8)
Students participate in a simulation of the mining process using chocolate chip cookies and toothpicks. The simulation helps to illustrate the costs associated with the mining of coal.

Transporting Coal (Grades 3-8)
Students examine national railway, river, and highway routes that might be used to transport coal. They also plan routes for moving coal from one area to another.

How Much Does it Cost to Light the School? (Grades 4-8)
Students compute the cost of electricity used to light their classroom and their school for various lengths of time. They then compute the amount of coal needed to produce the electricity used for one hour of light in their classroom.