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Fossil Fuels (Part III), The Geology of Coal

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Do not overlook this set of lessons just because your school does not have a data analysis system. There is plenty of material here to administer a complete mini unit on the formation, distribution, and properties of coal. Since it...
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Fossil Fuels (Part I), The Geology of Oil

For Teachers 8th - 12th
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...
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Oil Crisis: What Would You Do?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The dynamics between the economies and politics of the United States and the Middle East are here to study. Upper graders read and discuss scenarios relating to OPEC and the current oil crisis, then in small groups role-play members of...
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How to Clean Up an Oil Slick

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Young scholars explore how an oil spill is contained and cleaned up. They investigate an oil absorbing polymer that is hydrophobic, absorbs up to 19 times its own weight in nonpolar liquids, floats on water, and can be reused or disposed...
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Revision Guide - Chemistry

For Students 9th - 12th
Don't you wish you had the time to type up a study guide for your chemistry class? With this resource, there is no need! A chart comparing the properties of metals and non-metals tops the handout, followed by notes on the reactivity...
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The Art of Soap Making

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here is a nice, clean wrap-up lesson for your chemistry class when they are studying chemical reactions . They experiment with different oils to make soap. To make it more fun, they are to imagine that they are part of a soap testing...
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Producing Energy From Fossil Fuels and Renewable Sources

For Teachers 6th - 12th
All types of energy are presented here, with neat pictures and labels to illustrate the technology typically used. Ways of harnessing the energy most efficiently are discussed, and good examples provide starters for further research....
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Oils and Plastic

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Peruse the properties of polymers with your materials engineers, chemistry aces, or emerging ecologists. The inquiries in this resource include puncturing polyethylene plastic bags, dissolving polystyrene cups, creating a polymer ball...
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Observation Milk Fat Lesson

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Turn your class loose to experiment with the different fat content in skim milk, whole milk, half and half, and heavy cream. This is a visually vibrant experiment, as learners drip food coloring on the surface of the products and measure...
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Polymers and Products from Petroleum

For Teachers 6th - 12th
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....
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Cleaning up an oil spill

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Small groups complete a science project involving cleaning up an oil spill. In this experiment, pupils use 4 different sorbents to discover which one absorbs the most oil.  Afterward, they make a data table.
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Safety vs. Energy

For Students 9th - 12th
Political cartoons are a poignant way to examine energy sources. This analysis handout has scholars examining a cartoon by Joe Heller (a link to his gallery is included for possible extensions). Background information reminds pupils of...
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A Closer look at Oil and Energy Consumption

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Upper graders analyze basic concepts about the consumption, importation and exportation of the worlds oil production. They create several graphs to organize the data and draw conclusions about the overall use of oil in the world.
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The Oil Field Industry

For Teachers K - 2nd
A brief look at natural resources are described, prior to explaining the importance of oil in this 12-slide PowerPoint. Clear and colorful graphics are on each slide to keep viewers interested and more informed. Tip: Ask students how...
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Technology and Oil

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students demonstrate how much our society depends on petroleum products. They show how advances in technology have allowed us to find, obtain, and transport oil more efficiently.
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Energy Crisis: Then and Now

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Using political cartoons, scholars analyze the energy crisis of the 1970s and '80s, comparing and contrasting it to current tensions with oil. Display the 6 cartoons (linked) to the class, and demonstrate analysis using the worksheet...
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Scraping the Barrel

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine how oil is created and its uses.  For this oil supplies lesson, students research the history of oil then create a timeline that charts the major ups and downs of the oil industry from when it began.
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Cleaning an Oil Spill

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders use oil, feathers, eggs, rubber bands, and more to create a simulated oil spill and then clean it up. In this oil spill lesson plan, 3rd graders discuss what their cleaning process is like and how the oceans are effected...
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Pump It Up

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students use water in a flask to simulate how oil is pumped or forced out of the Earth by pressure from natural gas or human machinery. For this oil lesson plan, students complete a lab packet and work in groups.
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Why Do Gasoline Prices React to Things That Have Not Happened?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate how the price of gas is determined.  In this economics lesson, students analyze supply and demand and seasonal demand, create tables and graphs and reflect on consumer expectations.  
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Elasticity and Collapse

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss the oil crisis and a future world without oil. In this oil lesson, students watch videos online based on the reduced oil supply. They discuss how their regional community depends on oil and what would happen if the oil...
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Exploring the History of Oil

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore the history of the oil industry. In this history of oil lesson plan, students reseach the history and current state of the oil industry. Students then determine whether they support the move of the oil industry into...
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Oil and its Everyday Uses

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Explore the properties of oil through an experiment. They use the scientific process to investigate oil, participate in experiments, watch videos,and use information from the internet to determine how oil has changed our everyday lives.
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TE Activity: Oil Spill Cleanup

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers experiment by creating an oil spill and trying a number of clean up methods. They determine which methods are the least costly and most effective. They role play as an environmental engineer and as an oil company owner...