Field Trips

There's a Mountain in the Way

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Common Core Standards:
3.MD.3, 3.MD.4, 3.MD.6, 5.SL.1, 5.SL.2, 5.SL.3, 5.SL.4, 5.SL.5, 5.SL.6
State Standards:
Pennsylvania Department of Education
3.3.4-6.A1, A2 Earth Structure, Processes and Cycles
3.2.4-6.B2 Physics
3.4.4-6.A2 Scope of Technology
3.4.4-6.B3 Technology and Society
3.4-6.C3 Technology and Engineering Design
8.2.6.C Pennsylvania History


This program will introduce students to the natural processes which formed the Lackawanna Valley's rich anthracite coal beds, and ask them to consider how those same processes created challenges for early industrialists to transport this natural resource to market. This hands-on program will offer students the opportunity to experiment with simple machines and understand their connection to transportation technology.

(NOTE: This is a park on-site program only.)


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Last updated: August 31, 2017