How Did They Do That? (Coal Mining in 3rd Grade)

Posted by Allyson Greene at 3/2/2010 11:00:00 AM

Click below to see the video: How did they do it? Coal Mining

http://science.discovery.com/videos/how-do-they-do-it-coal-mining.html

coal mining

It is challenging mining coal from the Earth!

How is coal mined from the Earth? Is this an easy task? Well, ask any one of our Barrett 3rd graders…..they will probably tell you that coal mining is a very difficult and dangerous thing to do. They even got to experience a little of it via mining chocolate chips out of a cookie! The challenge was to mine as many chips (pieces of coal) out without breaking the cookie (rock) too much! Most of the students were very successful;however, it was not such an easy job!

Check out some of the pictures of our miners here at the Barrett Coal Mine, along with a video which showed how coal is mined from down in the Earth. We will explore how scientists are thinking of ways to burn this rock in a cleaner fashion so that we do not have to worry so much about the pollution coal gives off into our atmosphere.

Students furthered their learning of energy by researching about renewable and nonrenewable resources using the following website: http://www.energyquest.ca.gov

coal Some coal taken out of ‘rock’. coal This serious work! research Students researching about energy. research Hmmm….what can we find out?