Exploring Oil and Gas

The United States consumes more oil than any other country, about 1.85 billion barrels (or 77 billion gallons) a day. Viewers learn about the history of fossil fuel exploration and how they are formed in an informative presentation. They then see how people extract, transport, and refine these resources. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Insert questions or thinking points every four to five slides to facilitate discussions and assess understanding
  • Shorten presentation and use at beginning of a unit on natural resources and/or their uses in the United States
Classroom Considerations

  • Includes short notes with each slide; teacher may want to add more talking points
  • Assumes individuals have some knowledge about sedimentary rock or geologic processes
Pros

  • Includes high-quality photos, images, and diagrams
  • Provides contact information for the NEED Project, and US Department of Energy
Cons

  • This activity is not interactive
Common Core

NGSS