Fossil Fuels Summary

6th - 8th
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As the title suggests, this is a simply summary of fossil fuels. There are no questions to answer or problems to solve, just notes about fossil fuels. The notes cover how fossil fuels are formed, how we extract it, what humans use it for, and what is produced as a waste product. Keep this for your own use as a guide to your lecture on fossil fuels.

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Our Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Here is a good visual for demonstrating the nonrenewable quality of fossil fuels and our dependence on them: pass around an opaque bag of candy, allowing pupils to take as much as they want. You will have prepared the bag to not have enough candy for everyone. Learners compare how much each individual received. Then they relate the activity to the use of fossil fuels, considering their daily activities and the amount of energy that they consume. Use this activity as an anticipatory set when introducing energy use to your class.

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. In part three, they consider the need for geologists to use topographic maps. The fourth part can only be used if your school has a data analysis system that you can access for relevant data. These are top-notch activities that can be used individually, together, or in addition to "Fossil Fuels (Part I)," also available via the Lesson Planet website.

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. In part three, they will examine maps of the distribution of oil deposits throughout the New York region. Use any one or all three terrific activities as part of your earth science curriculum.

Energy Resources and Systems

Middle schoolers explore renewable and non-renewable energy sources. In this Energy Unit lesson, students complete activities to demonstrate the costs of using renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Middle schoolers graph fossil fuel use and research different energy sources to present to the class. 

Fossil Fuel Power Stations

In these energy worksheets, students learn about fossil fuels and the power stations that use the fuels. Students complete a 14 page packet about fossil fuels and power stations.

Fossil Fuels and Climate Change: Our Cars and CO2

Middle schoolers discuss the relationship between the burning of fossil fuels and transportation. Various methods are used to reinforce this instructional activity.

Fossil Fuels: Facing the Issues

Students explore energy by researching fuel usage on Earth. In this fossil fuel lesson, students define fossil fuels, the energy created by burning them, and the impact on the environment when using them. Students conduct pollution experiments by mining for cookies, using candles, and creating a mock oil spill.

Fossil Fuels--Discoveries and Uses

Student examine the close relationship between fossil energy and our daily lives. To demonstrate to the student the close relationship between fossil energy and our daily lives.

Formation of Fossil Fuels

Young scholars research the origin of oil and natural gas to gather an understanding of the stages of fossil fuel formation. Then the class creates murals depicting the life cycle of a fossil fuel.

Fossil Fuels-Importance and Formation

Student is introduced to the concept of energy as a common factor among all things. They list three fossil fuels and describe how fossil fuels were formed. They then tell how much plant debris it took to form one foot of coal.

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