Fossil Fuel Extraction Activity

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Extracting oil is more difficult than many think! Learners work together and get hands-on as they represent oil companies drilling for oil by simulating oil extraction using beans. They identify the challenges faced in using non-renewable resources versus renewable resources by adhering to rules and regulations, facing time constraints, and selectively drawing out specific resources. Then, scholars have an opportunity to design a solution to improve the process of oil extraction. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Simulate oil extraction with a hands-on activity
  • Show how laws and regulations affect the use of resources
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires materials not typically found in the classroom
  • Expects the class to work in groups of two to four
  • Opportunity for both teacher-led and student-led investigation
  • Optional design activity incorporates engineering practices
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