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What's the Deal With Fossil Fuels?

Secondary, Middle

Description

In this video, the focus is on fossil fuels—what they are, why they are a problem for the environment, and what may be done to reduce their use.

The video is accompanied by a series of discussion questions that teachers may use in conjunction with its use to have students think critically about the issues and what we can do to solve them. Also included is a handout students can use to refer to as they watch the video and work through the associated activity.

Once students have watched and discussed the video, teachers may wish to take advantage of a follow-up lesson plan - The Heat is On - in which students practice distinguishing between correlation and causation within the context of global climate change.

 

 

 

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

The video is recommended for students in grades 6-10 and may be used to support the study of those Science/ Geography units that deal with earth's materials and systems, natural resources and their use, human impacts on earth systems, and global climate change. It may also be use in Chemistry or General Science classes that examine chemical reactions.

The accompanying lesson plan - The Heat is On - may be used as a follow-up to have students explore the concepts of correlation and causation within the context of climate change.

Relevant Curriculum Units

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        • Science 10: Energy Flow in Global Systems
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        • Geographic Issues of the 21st Century: Natural Resources
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        • Senior 2 Science: Chemistry in Action
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Themes Addressed

  • Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

    • Climate Change
  • Energy (3)

    • Alternative Energy
    • Energy Generation
    • Energy Use