Fracking: Positive or Negative Impact?

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Your teenagers may have heard of fracking, but do they really know what it is? And could they debate the benefits and risks? Educate your environmental science class with a lesson about hydraulic fracturing, non-renewable energy sources, and the steps going forward in energy consumption.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Pair with a unit on environmentalism or controversial issues in energy sources
  • Have your class work in pairs or small groups for the main research project, and present their findings to their peers
  • Focus the unit toward renewable energy sources, including solar and wind power, as well as fracking, and prompt your class to debate which source of energy is more efficient in the long run
Classroom Considerations
  • Some images are in color, but printing in black and white shouldn't affect understanding
  • Provides links to additional resources and research material
  • Includes a completed version of the research proposal form, as well as a blank version for your class
  • Comes with innovative extension activities to keep the learning going outside the classrooom
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