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The Rag Coat Unit Study

I’ve been working on our plans for our unit study based on The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills. This is a wonderful book about a little girl whose daddy was a coal miner but has passed away. Her mother cannot afford to buy a new coat, so the ladies who quilt together in the town decide to quilt the girl a new coat. This coat is full of memories and helps teach forgiveness and kindness to others.
Everyone should read this book with their children whether they do any activities to go along with it or not.

The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills

Without further ado, here are my plans for this book…

We will incorporate the lapbook found here at Aussie Pumpkin Patch into our studies of this book. When you see the abbreviation (LB) that item comes from this lapbook.
Social Studies:

  1. Appalachian Mountains Map (LB)
  2. Compass lapbook (LB)
  3. Things from long ago lapbook (LB)

Language Arts: 

  1. Father’s words (LB)
  2. How did Minna include father (LB)


  1. Warm colors (LB)
  2. Rag Coat lapbook cover (LB)
  3. Make a quilt with felt squares and glue
  4. Make a tied fleece blanket for a gift
  5. Make crazy quilt with pattern scrapbook paper (choose paper that reminds you of events or people)
  6. Make a handkerchief doll (seen at Delightful Learning blog)


Handkerchief Doll

Tied Fleece Blanket


  1. Make your own compass
  2. Explore coal kit
  3. Identify different types of coal with this lesson
  4. Coal mining with chocolate chip cookies using activity found here
  5. Read p. 12-13 in DK Eye Wonder Rocks & Minerals


Geo Shapes
  1. Pattern blocks w/ pattern cards
  2. Make your own geo shapes printable
  3. 3×3 quilt grids to design


Make coal cookies from recipe in  lapbook or make cookie bar coal from here . This recipe from Delightful Learning looks good.

 Other Activities:

  1. Movie: Christy
  2. Listen to some bluegrass music
  3. Listen to dulcimer music here
  4. Video for Biblical explanation of coal formation
  5. Play coal mining game
  6. Listen to Billions of Dead Things

Go Alongs:

In Coal Country by Judith Hendershot

DK Eye Wonder Rocks and Minerals

Growing Up in Coal Country by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds by Cynthia Rylant

In Grandma’s Attic (Grandma’s Attic Series) by Arleta Richardson

The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

Bible Verse:

Ephesians 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

I’m really looking forward to studying this unit. What fun activities have you done or have you planned to do?

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