Fossil Fuels

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The lesson 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.  The lesson also includes the disadvantages of fossil fuel use.  The lesson may be used with other lessons related to the environment.

Fossil Fuels Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Fossil Fuels
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice identifying Fossil Fuels
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The informative lesson introduces students to oil, gas, and coal – fossil fuels.  It begins with an introduction including how plants produce food using photosynthesis, and explains that fossil fuels are natural resources.  The lesson goes into detail about each type of fossil fuel, and defines nonrenewable energy source as well as many other relevant vocabulary words.  In addition, students will learn about the processing of fossil fuels for use in homes, vehicles, power plants, etc.  The lesson also includes the disadvantages of fossil fuel use.  The lesson may be used with other lessons related to the environment.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask students: When you hear the word fossil, what thoughts do you have?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask:  When you hear the word fuel what thoughts do you have?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students what it means when the two words are put together: fossil fuels?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Fossil Fuels.
  5. Distribute Fossil Fuels content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Ask students: When you hear the word fossil, what thoughts do you have?
  7. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask:  When you hear the word fuel what thoughts do you have?
  8. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students what it means when the two words are put together: fossil fuels?
  9. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Fossil Fuels.
  10. Distribute Fossil Fuels content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.

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

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Science

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11/29/2018
Cherise W.
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Good information

This was a great resource for teaching my 4th graders what fossil fuels are.