Lesson Plans

At Eckley, we make education our priority. In addition to providing the children with worthwhile experiences on site, we also want to provide you with a variety of activities to do in the classroom. Here we have listed both pre-visit and post-visit materials to ensure your students get the most out of their experience. In addition to the work sheets and project ideas, you will also find in introductory power point (titled “Student Introduction”) in the pre-visit activities.

Pre-Visit Activities 

Student Introduction

Lets Get Packing


Culture Poster Instructions

Post-Visit Activities 

Department of Mines Report

A Letter Home

Company Store Worksheet


These are the areas in which our program overlaps with the PA Standards of Education:



8.1.3. D. Understand historical research.

8.1.3. B. Develop an understanding of historical sources.

8.2.3. A. Understand the political and cultural contributions of individuals and groups to Pennsylvania.

8.2.3.C: Identify and describe how continuity and change have impacted Pennsylvania history (Belief systems and religions, Commerce and industry, Technology, Politics and government, Physical and human geography, Social organizations).

8.2.3.D: Identify and describe how conflict and cooperation among groups and organizations have impacted the history and development of Pennsylvania (Ethnicity and race, Working conditions, Immigration, Military conflict, Economic stability).

Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

1.2.5. A. Read and understand essential content of informational texts and documents in all academic areas.

1.3.5. F. Read and respond to nonfiction and fiction including poetry and drama.

1.4.5. C. Write persuasive pieces with a clearly stated position or opinion and supporting detail, citing sources  when needed.

1.6.5. D. Contribute to discussions.

1.6.5. E. Participate in small and large group discussions and presentations.

1.6.5. A. Listen to others.

Science and Technology

S3.A.1.1.2: Identify examples of common technological changes, past and present, in the community (e.g., energy production, transportation, communication, recycling).

S3.D.1.1.2: Describe the composition of soil as weathered rock and decomposed organic material.

3.1.4. B. Know that natural and human-made objects are made up of parts.

3.6.4. C. Know physical technologies of structural design, finance, production, marketing, research and design.

3.7.4. A. Explore the use of basic tools, simple materials, and techniques to safely solve problems.

3.8.4. A. Know that people select, create, and use science and technology and that they are limited by social and  physical restraints.

3.8.4. B. Know how human ingenuity and technological resources satisfy specific human needs and improve the  quality of life.


2.2.3.B: Add and subtract single- and double-digit numbers with regrouping and triple-digit numbers, without regrouping including problems with money.

2.4.3.A: Use models and number facts to draw conclusions and explain reasons for conclusions.


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