Switch Energy, American Geosciences Institute
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Middle School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea
About Teaching Climate Literacy
7.3 Environmental quality.
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
4.7 Different sources of energy have different benefits and drawbacks.
5.4 Economic factors.
5.6 Environmental factors.
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- The educator can engage students by assigning student groups to research the pros and cons of natural gas issues (fracking, greenhouse gas content, comparison to coal) and have students share their findings with the class.
About the Science
- Video merely introduces the pros and cons of natural gas and is not intended to present deep scientific concepts. It is supplemented by video interviews with energy experts across industry and government, representing researchers/scientists, business owners/CEOs, and governments officials.
- Pros and cons of fracking are introduced in the video.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- This resource does not come with a teacher’s guide. It could be used as additional information in an energy unit.
- The group of interviewees lack diversity; all the additional interviews are with white men.
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Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2
MS-ESS3.A1:Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes. These resources are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geologic processes.
MS-ESS3.D1:Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming). Reducing the level of climate change and reducing human vulnerability to whatever climate changes do occur depend on the understanding of climate science, engineering capabilities, and other kinds of knowledge, such as understanding of human behavior and on applying that knowledge wisely in decisions and activities.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1
HS-ESS3.A2:All forms of energy production and other resource extraction have associated economic, social, environmental, and geopolitical costs and risks as well as benefits. New technologies and social regulations can change the balance of these factors.