Lesson Plans:

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.