• One outgrowth of our virtual field trip that was unanticipated was the sense of community and collaboration students developed. For example, multiple different classes were investigating our historic time period and the activity of our Lynch coal camp. As the research progressed, separate inquiry groups were borrowing each others’ class research…[Read more]

  • My students recently wrote the scripts that would provide the narration for their virtual field trip of Lynch, Kentucky the town that US Coal and Coke Company, a division of US Steel, built! Visual images of archival photographs along with panoramic views of the area today will showcase the awesome “place” that lead the world in coal production…[Read more]

  • Thus far 6th graders have visited Portal 31 and the Benham Coal Mining Museum. In class, they have explored news articles from the 1920s and 30s to examine why US Steel wanted eastern Kentucky coal and created their own mock news stories of coal mining coming to the region. Students explored census data related to Harlan County, the state of…[Read more]