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Polymers and Products from Petroleum
Over four sessions, learners survey the production and use of polymers and petroleum products. First, they participate in a kinesthetic activity to demonstrate how polymers act, and review a list of common products made from polymers. They then spend three days conceiving, researching, and delivering a presentation about how life today would be different without petroleum products.
6th - 12th Science 3 Views 59 Downloads
Fossil Fuels (Part I), The Geology of Oil
Junior geologists work through three mini-lessons that familiarize them with the formation and location of fossil fuels. Part one involves reading about petroleum and where it comes from via a thorough set of handouts. A lab activity follows in part two, in which investigators experiment with the sedimentation of different sized particles.
8th - 12th Science 50 Views 125 Downloads
In this petroleum products activity, students are given the components of crude oil and they graph the various products found in a 50 gallon barrel. Students complete an activity to determine if they have collected cards that represent all of their monthly energy needs.
5th - 12th Science 10 Views 50 Downloads
The Story of Petroleum
An array of video clips, photographs, and drawings keep visual learners engaged, and an agreeable narration voice draws in auditory learners. It begins by explaining the formation of fossil fuels and progresses into how oil is located, drilled for, and processed.
10 mins 5th - 8th Science 3 Views 2 Downloads
Products from Petroleum
Learners examine products that are petroleum based. In this petroleum product lesson, students examine a display of petroleum based products. They discuss the products that are made from crude oil and conduct an experiment that simulates the process by using milk as a model for the crude oil.
3rd - 6th Technology & Engineering 3 Views 10 Downloads
Products Made from Petroleum
Students research products made from petroleum. In this transportation lesson students try to find products other than fuel, made from petroleum. They look for the most unusual or surprising products and describe the history and relationship to petroleum and the standard of living.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 10 Downloads
This very simple geography project can lead to a lot of useful referential information that can be displayed in your classroom! Learners construct a poster-size map of a country, identifying major demographic points and including pie/bar graphs of the country's major ethnic groups, daily petroleum consumption, average life expectancy, etc.
6th - 11th Social Studies & History 10 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Should Our Use of Paper or Plastic Bags be an Individual Choice or be Regulated by the Government?
Paper or plastic? Individual choice or government regulation? In this, the second of 24 resources devoted to building discussion skills, class members explore the question of whether the use of plastic bags should be individual choice or regulated by the government.
7th - 10th Language Arts 4 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Fossil Fuels (Part II), The Geology of Oil
More of a mini-unit than a lesson, these activities lead inquisitors through a survey of oil deposits. In the first part, they read about and view diagrams of sedimentary rock layers that trap oil. Next, they test porosity and permeability of different sediments.
8th - 12th Science 17 Views 49 Downloads
Exploring for Petroleum - Modeling an Oil Reserve
Students experiment with locating oil reserves. In this conservation lesson, students use a cardboard box to create sand, rocks, and an oil reserve (water balloon). They use a probe to dig around in the box to find the oil reserve and calculate their drill costs.
6th - 12th Science 3 Views 4 Downloads
Molded Clay Faces
Artists create clay masks using pre-formed molds, clay, glitter, feathers, gems, and paint. The expressive qualities of clay are perfect for creating many different types of face masks, from Mardi Gras glitter to Japanese Kabuki to African ceremonial masks.
K - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 3 Downloads
Natural Gas and Pennsylvania’s Future
Beginning with a general discussion about natural gas, methane, and hydrocarbons, a few videos and diagrams are projected to support the lecture. Individuals participate in a brief activity by drinking juice through a straw, and then again while a piece of sponge is placed in the cup.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads
Investigation: Tour de Texas
Teams of Texas tourists gather into groups to analyze what they can do with $50 worth of an alternative fuel. They write checks, keep a balance sheet, and map out their sight-seeing route taking into consideration the location of alternative fuel stations by consulting online directories.
6th - 9th Science 4 Views 5 Downloads
Exploring the History of Oil
Students explore the history of the oil industry. In this history of oil lesson, students reseach the history and current state of the oil industry. Students then determine whether they support the move of the oil industry into Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 4 Views 22 Downloads
Oil and the Environment
Learners present information regarding oil and how it affects the environment. In this environmental awareness instructional activity, students work in groups to write a paper, create a PowerPoint, and put together a poster about their specific topic relating to oil and the environment.
7th - 8th Science 4 Views 8 Downloads
Modeling an Oil Reserve
Students conduct an experiment. In this oil and natural gas lesson plan, students learn how geoscientists identify and explore reserves of petroleum. Students make a model of an oil reserve, record how much it would cost to drill for oil and discuss their findings.
8th - 12th Science 3 Views 8 Downloads