Activities by Subject

Whether you are planning a trip to Eckley and want to prepare your students/children or you are looking for an array of fun and educational activities, Eckley Miners’ Village is committed to being a resource for you. Here are activities and worksheets by subject.

Student Introduction

Reading Comprehension

Coal Patch Houses

Fun in a Patch Town

Food in the Coal Patch

Patch Town Schools

Life at Home

Department of Mines Report


Company Store Worksheet


The Coal Family Bingo (and Study Buddy)

Coal Mining Activity (family activity)

History/Social Studies

Coming to America crossword

Application for Citizenship (1800s)



Culture Poster Instructions

Chores (Me vs Patch Town kids)

A Letter Home (post-visit version)

A Letter Home (classroom version; no visit required)

Part of the Colliery – Connect the Dots (pre-visit activity)

Coming to America crossword

Lets Get Packing

Coal Mining Activity (family activity)



Additional Resources:

Explore PA History

Mr. Coal’s Story

Other Websites to Explore:

Avondale Mine Disaster

Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour

Museum of Anthracite Mining at Ashland

Anthracite Heritage Museum

Lackawanna Heritage Valley

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission