ERIC Number: ED348219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Coal Activities for Secondary Students.
American Coal Foundation, Washington, DC.
This collection of lesson plans designed for teachers of 4th- through 12th-grade students utilizes an assortment of teaching strategies for topics related to coal and the coal industry. Activities cover the following topics: coal formation; coal identification; "the geologist's dilemma" (a supply and demand activity); geologic time and the formation of coal; history of the coal industry in the United States; coal derivatives; and coal composition. Teaching methods vary with each lesson to include experimentation, simulation, and student interviewing. Experiments allow for the study of coal derivatives through destructive distillation, and for the study of coal composition through moisture and ash analysis. Each experiment lesson plan designates grade level, objectives, discussion techniques, materials, procedures, and results or data collection analysis. One of two simulation lesson plans consists of a coal formation project to observe the conditions present in coal formation. The second simulation lesson plan is a role play activity where students use problem solving skills in resolving any energy source dilemma. A student interviewing activity entails identifying local people who have been involved with coal mining operations in the past. This particular lesson includes sample interview questions and permission slips to be signed by parents and persons interviewed. (MCD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Coal Foundation, Washington, DC.