Fossil Fuels

In our Fossil Fuels lesson plan, students learn about various types of fossil fuels, like oil, gas, and coal-fossil fuels. Students learn how these fossil fuels are formed, where they are found, and how they are processed, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of using them.

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Our Fossil Fuels lesson plan introduces students to oil, gas, and coal-fossil fuels. Most students have heard the term fossil fuels, but may not fully understand where they are formed and found on the earth. In addition, students will learn about the processing of fossil fuels for use in homes, vehicles, power plants, etc. During this lesson, students are asked to work with a partner to create informational posters about a specific fossil fuel, one which states the positives and one which stages the negatives of using that fuel; they will then present these posters to their class, utilizing their presentation and public speaking skills. Students are also asked to identify if given terms are related to coal, oil, and/or natural gas and list additional details about each.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define and identify fossil fuels, how they are formed, where found, and how processed for use. The students will be able to list advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1.c, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1.c, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.10

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Science, Video


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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    Lisa M.
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    Fossil Fuels

    I found these lessons very interactive for my students. I was able to modify the lesson for my grade 2 scientist. Thanks for making this resource available to us all.

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    Great article! Had specific information that was easily understandable.

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    I was desperate for resources I could adapt to an online learning environment. This gave me some great ideas, and is something I will use in my non-virtual classroom when this topic comes up next year!

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    Fossil Fuels

    This was a great packet! Will be coming back to see what else you have that will fit into my plans.

    Cheryl P.
    US US

    Fossil Fuels

    The lesson was a wonderful way to introduce how fossil fuels originated! The students enjoyed collaborating on the poster and exploring the types of fossil fuels damaging the environment.