Lesson Plans:
Middle/High School

Coal Camps and Mining Towns (Grades 6-8)
Students look at the history of the coal mining industry by researching coal mining towns built by mining companies. Students then write short stories that highlight the people who lived in coal communities, focusing on the relationship between the coal companies and the miners and their families.

Coal Supply and Demand (Grades 5-6)
Students participate in a simulated exploration of natural resources and discuss the relationship between supply and demand of natural resources.

Generating Electricity From Coal (Grades 6-8)
Students learn about the process of generating electricity from coal, then research and present new methods of using coal to create electricity.

How Was Coal Formed? (Grades 5-8)
Students identify the dates and order of key timeframes of geologic history and learn about when and how coal was formed.

Coal Miners and Mining Towns: Their Stories (Grades 8-9)
Students prepare, conduct, and consolidate interviews with people who work (or have worked) in the mining industry. Then they write and compile a collection of nonfiction accounts.

History of Coal in the U.S. (Grades 9-12)
Students examine a timeline of coal mining in the United States and research how the policies of coal-dependent companies have changed over the past fifty years, affecting the economy of our country.