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While an important part of society as we know it, fossil fuels present many environmental problems. These lessons help students understand the issues surrounding fossil fuels, from extraction to use, while leaving room for critical thinking about why we still need them and how our society could be more sustainable.

Fossil Fuel Extraction


Fossil Fuels: Chocolate Chip Mining

Investigate the problems that arise with strip mining while discussing the socioeconomic reasons behind it.

  • 4th - 8th grade
  • 45 minutes


Fossil Fuel Use


Fossil Fuels: Air Pollution and the Greenhouse Effect

Learn what the Greenhouse Effect is and how it is caused by burning fossil fuels.

  • 4th - 8th grade
  • 75 minutes


Global Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

What type of ice causes sea level changes, and why?

  • 5th - 8th Grade
  • 60 minutes


Differing Densities: Fresh and Salt Water

Investigate the role salinity plays in the ocean currents and why that is changing.

  • 5th - 8th grade
  • 60 minutes



Fossil Fuel Transport


Slippery Shores: Oil Spill Clean-Up

Students observe the effects of a modeled oil spill and test out different models and techniques to clean it up.

  • 4th - 7th grade
  • 45 minutes

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