edHelper.com
The 2000's
The Sago Mine Disaster



The Sago Mine Disaster
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.7

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    bolters, mantrip, mantrips, safety-rescuers, self-contained, methane, sledgehammer, reopened, best, withstand, operate, mines, mining, income, explosion, miner
     content words:    Sago Mine, West Virginia


Print The Sago Mine Disaster
     Print The Sago Mine Disaster  (font options, pick words for additional puzzles, and more)


Quickly Print - PDF format
     Quickly Print: PDF (2 columns per page)

     Quickly Print: PDF (full page)


Quickly Print - HTML format
     Quickly Print: HTML


Proofreading Activity
     Print a proofreading activity


Feedback on The Sago Mine Disaster
     Leave your feedback on The Sago Mine Disaster  (use this link if you found an error in the story)



The Sago Mine Disaster
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     In 2006, the miners who worked at the Sago Mine in West Virginia were coming back to work. They had enjoyed the New Year's Day holiday with their families, but now it was time to go back down into the mines and earn a living. It was hard work and a dangerous job, but their families, like many others in the state, depended on jobs in the mine for income to support their families.
 
2     Some of the miners were young men in their twenties. Others had grown children of their own and were near retirement age.
 
3     The miners began their day by climbing into two mantrips, the mine vehicles that would carry them to their jobs far below the ground. They would travel two miles into the mine. At their job site, they would be almost three hundred feet below the ground. Once underground, some of the miners would operate mining machines. Others had jobs as shuttle car drivers, roof bolters, and electricians.
 
4     As the miners began their two-mile ride, a lightning storm passed through the area. There were several lightning strikes not far from the Sago Mine.
 
5     For the miners, it was just another day at work. They had learned to live with the dangers that come with the life of a miner. So had their families.
 
6     They knew that the biggest danger in a mine came from mine gases - carbon monoxide and methane that builds up inside the mine. It would only take one spark to cause the gases to explode.
 
7     Soon after the men entered the mine, there was an explosion. It was powerful enough to be felt by the people above ground.
 
8     Some of the men, mostly those in the second mantrip, escaped. One man was killed by the blast.
 
9     Thirteen others were trapped far below the earth in the darkness and swirling dust of the mine after the explosion.

Paragraphs 10 to 21:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable



Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!


The 2000's
             The 2000's


United States
             United States


    American Government  
 
    Black History and Blacks in U.S. History  
 
    Children in History  
 
    Government Careers  
 
    Hispanic Heritage  
 
    How Can I Help?  
 
 
    Immigration  
 
    National Parks and Monuments  
 
    Native Americans  
 
    Presidents of the United States  
 
    Women's History  
 


United States History
    A Nation Divided
(1840-1861)
 
 
    A New Nation
(1776-1830)
 
 
    After the Civil War
(1865-1870)
 
 
    American Revolution  
 
    Cold War
(1947-1991)
 
 
    Colonial America (1492-1776)  
 
    Lewis and Clark
(1804-1806)
 
 
    Spanish American War (1898)  
 
    The 1890's  
 
    The 1900's  
 
    The 1910's  
 
    The 1920's  
 
    The 1930's  
 
    The 1940's  
 
 
    The 1950's  
 
    The 1960's  
 
    The 1970's  
 
    The 1980's  
 
    The 1990's  
 
    The 2000's  
 
    The Civil War
(1861-1865)
 
 
    The Great Depression
(1929-1945)
 
 
    The United States Grows
(1865-1900)
 
 
    The War of 1812  
 
    Wild, Wild West  
 
    World War I
(1914-1918)
 
 
    World War II  
 


50 States

             Fifty States Theme Unit


Document Based Activities
      Document Based Activities


More Activities, Lesson Plans, and Worksheets


Back to School
Graphic Organizers
Alphabet Worksheets
Sight Words
Math Worksheets
Mazes
50 States

Monthly Themes
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Fractions
Place Value
Time and Calendar
Money
Earth Day
Solar System
Analogies
Nouns
Following Directions
Listening
Capitalization
Cursive Writing
Patterns and Sequencing
Dinosaurs
All About Me

Kindergarten
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade

Multiplication
Division
Main Idea
Cause and Effect
Measurement
Decimals
Rounding
Order of Operations
Verbs
Community Helpers
Adjectives
Plants
Grammar
Addition and Subtraction
Contractions
Bulletin Board Ideas
Word Searches
Crossword Puzzles
Printable Puzzles

Reading Comprehension
Reading Skills
English Language Arts





Copyright © 2011 edHelper