Recommended Products

Teaching Resources

The National Energy Foundation provides a variety of education materials about all forms of energy, from coal to nuclear, from petroleum to renewable energy like solar and geothermal.  In particular, they have a poster about coal from its formation to its use in generating 40% of the nation’s electric power.  Another poster focuses on the different fuel sources used to make electricity, including coal.  To order, click here.

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association publishes a booklet called “Teaching Resource Directory.”  This is a comprehensive listing of activities and materials available to teachers to learn and teach about natural resource use, including coal, minerals and rocks. While the programs are listed alphabetically, a state-by-state program index is also included.  To order, click here.

Video/DVD

Below is a listing of videos offered by the coal industry, recommended by the American Coal Foundation. Click on a link to read a description of the video. Please note that these products can not be ordered through ACF – specific ordering information is listed with each product.

An Enduring Legacy: Reclaimed Lands on the Black Mesa
Coal: A Good Neighbor
Electrical Generation from North Dakota Lignite
Electricity by the Trainload
Ground Rules: Mining Right for a Sustainable Future
Lignite Coal: An Energy Treasure

Lignite Energy: It’s Good for All of Us
Lignite Mining & Reclamation
Modern Marvels: Coal Mines
Rock Music CD
Stay Out and Stay Alive
The Environment and Lignite Energy
Tomorrow. Arriving by Train.
Turning Coal into Natural Gas
What’s In The Rock
 
 
An Enduring Legacy: Reclaimed Lands on the Black Mesa
Elementary school through adult (8 minutes)
This video shows how the development of one resource, coal, has enhanced another natural resource, grazing land.  Filmed at Peabody Western’s surface mining complex on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona, it is a story of how the restoration of mined lands have produced grazing lands that, managed with care, will serve the Navajo for generations to come.
 
Order from:
Peabody Energy
Public Relations Dept.
701 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63101-1826
314-342-7798
PR@peabodyenergy.com
Cost: Free

Watch here:
Enduring Legacy: Leaving the Land in a Better Condition:
http://www.peabodyenergy.com/content/256/Video-Gallery/Enduring-Legacy

Peabody Energy Celebrates 40 Years on Black Mesa:
http://www.peabodyenergy.com/content/333/Video-Gallery/Peabody-Celebrates-40-Years-on-Black-Mesa-

 
 
Coal: A Good Neighbor
Elementary school through adult (self-paced)
This CD highlights basic information about coal, from its formation to its use in electricity. Filled with usable statistics, the CD gives a broad overview of coal and why it is an important player in the Nation’s energy mix.
 
Order from:
Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute
8057 S. Yukon Way
Littleton, CO 80128-5510
303-948-3300
mail@rmcmi.org
Cost: Free

Watch here:
http://www.rmcmi.org/education/public-education

 

Electrical Generation from North Dakota Lignite
Grades 4 through 12 (16 minutes)
A video describing the largest use of North Dakota lignite: generation of electric power.  The videotape takes a look at what happens to coal mined in North Dakota, where the state’s power plants are, how much power they produce, and where they get their coal.
 
Order from:
Lignite Energy Council
P.O. Box 2277
Bismarck, ND 58502
701-258-7117
lec@lignite.com
Cost: $6.00
http://www.lignite.com/?id=131
 
 
Electricity by the Trainload
Grades 6 through 12 (36 minutes)
This Emmy-nominated film shows the direct connection between coal and electricity: “Every time we flip on a light switch we know the light will come on. But making that light, and all of the other electrical appliances and equipment in our cities, work takes a lot of energy, and it takes a lot of coal. The amazing coal mines, the massive coal trains, and the coal-fired power plants are all essential parts of the electricity that we usually take for granted.”
 
Order from:
Douglas County Television
100 Third Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104-2727
302-660-7354
dc8@douglas.co.us
Cost: $15.00

Watch here:
Part 1: http://vimeo.com/15227252
Part 2: http://vimeo.com/15227071
  

Ground Rules: Mining Right for a Sustainable Future
Grades 5 through 12  (23 minutes)
This video, produced by Caterpillar, Inc., follows the development of new and operating mines as geologists, engineers, and mine managers tackle complex problems. The film draws on the experiences and achievements of other mine sites to illustrate creative and core concepts of sustainable development and social responsibility.
 
Order from:
Caterpillar Inc.
Cost: Free

Watch here:
https://mining.cat.com/groundrules

 

Lignite Coal: An Energy Treasure
Grades 4 through 12 (8 minutes)
Lignite coal addresses the significant role that the lignite industry has played in the history and development of North Dakota. The video provides information on how lignite was first used in North Dakota, mainly for heating in the early 1900s. It also discusses the major growth of the industry in the last 30 years as lignite is now used to fuel seven power plants and the Great Plains Synfuels plant.
 
Order from:
Lignite Energy Council
P.O. Box 2277
Bismarck, ND 58502
701-258-7117
lec@lignite.com
Cost: $6.00
http://www.lignite.com/?id=131
 
 
Lignite Energy: It’s Good for All of Us
Grades 4 through 12 (9 minutes)
This video stresses the importance of lignite-produced energy to the region. Themes focus on the abundance and efficiency of lignite energy.
 
Order from:
Lignite Energy Council
P.O. Box 2277
Bismarck, ND 58502
701-258-7117
lec@lignite.com
Cost: $6.00
http://www.lignite.com/?id=131
 
 
Lignite Mining & Reclamation
Grades 4 through middle school (19 minutes)
This video reveals how North Dakota lignite—a reliable and inexpensive source of energy—reduces the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.  Eye-catching footage shot at some of North Dakota’s largest lignite mines also answers questions about how lignite is produced safely and efficiently, and how reclamation practices restore mined land to an equal or better condition than existed prior to mining.
 
Order from:
Lignite Energy Council
P.O. Box 2277
Bismarck, ND 58502
701-258-7117
lec@lignite.com
Cost: $6.00
http://www.lignite.com/?id=131
 
 
Modern Marvels: Coal Mines
Grades 6 through 12 (50 minutes)
Available for purchase from A & E Television Networks, “Coal Mines” provides an overview of a centuries-old industry that is still going strong today. The video chronicles the history of coal and takes a look at the state of the coal industry today. With footage of both massive facilities and small operations in the Appalachian region, “Coal Mines” follows the development of the technologies and machines that have made mining safer and more efficient over the years.
 
Order from:
A & E Television Networks
888-423-1212
Item #: AAE-43704
Cost: $24.95 plus shipping
http://shop.history.com/modern-marvels-coal-mines-dvd/detail.php?p=68496
 
 
Rock Music CD
The Rock Music CD includes eleven lively new schoolhouse tunes on such topics as the uses of rocks and minerals, the production and use of electricity, the rock cycle, the geological time scale, the distribution of mineral resources, and Mohs hardness scale. Includes songbook, teacher’s guide and poster.
 
Order from:
National Energy Foundation
Cost: $19.00
http://www.nef1.org/music_ootr.html

 
Stay Out and Stay Alive
The beautiful color poster highlights a series of safety situations that one may encounter around abandoned, idle, and active mines. With each situation asking, “What should you do?”, students refer to accompanying leadership principles as the answers. The poster helps students make wise choices and apply leadership skills. The reverse side of the poster provides additional information and activities concerning safety around mines.
 
Order from:
National Energy Foundation
Cost: $4.95
http://www.nef1.org/store/posters/act-responsibly-stay-out-and-stay-alive-poster.html
 
 
The Environment and Lignite Energy
Grades 4 through high school (19 minutes)
This 19-minute video was produced by Minnkota for the Lignite Energy Council’s library of education materials that are made available to the public. The video demonstrates the environmental stewardship of the lignite industry. It addresses land reclamation, methods of preserving the quality of ground water and air, the use of global climate change, and electrotechnologies.
 
Order from:
Lignite Energy Council
P.O. Box 2277
Bismarck, ND 58502
701-258-7117
lec@lignite.com
Cost: $6.00
http://www.lignite.com/?id=131
 
 
Tomorrow. Arriving by Train.
Grades K through 12 (6 minutes)
This six-minute video, produced by the Association of American Railroads (AAR), shows high-tech equipment, powerful locomotives, and the infrastructure and beauty of the nation’s railroads. It also highlights the diversity of people that railroads employ and serve. The video catalogs the products that move by rail every day: coal, lumber, produce, raw materials, orange juice, steel, heavy equipment, even computers and overnight packages. You name it, the railroads move it! Other educational materials about rail transportation included.
 
Order from:
Association of American Railroads
50 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
lwilliams@aar.org
Cost: Free

Watch here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/AARailroads#p/a/u/1/gahNz-ABc5I
 
 
Turning Coal into Natural Gas
Grades 4 through 9 (6 minutes)
This six-minute video uses animation to explain—in easy-to-understand terms—how the Great Plains Synfuels Plant (GPSP) near Beulah, North Dakota, converts lignite into synthetic natural gas. As the only “coal gasification” plant in the United States, the Great Plains Synfuels Plant produces 160 million cubic feet of natural gas daily. Owned by Basin Electric Power Cooperative, GPSP is part of a $4 billion energy complex that also includes the Freedom lignite mine and the Antelope Valley electrical generation station.
 
Order from:
Lignite Energy Council
P.O. Box 2277
Bismarck, ND 58502
701-258-7117
lec@lignite.com
Cost: $6.00
http://www.lignite.com/?id=131
 
 
What’s In The Rock
Kindergarten though Grade 4 (9 minutes)
Teen co-hosts tell children about the things they use everyday that come from mining minerals. Two fun songs by Swan Song Productions describe what comes from “Out of the Rock” and about “Making Electricity.” Available in video and DVD formats.
 
Order from:
Joy Mining Machinery
Market Services Dept.
2101 West Pike Street
Houston, PA 15342
724-873-4242
mschultz@joy.com
Cost: Free