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Project Look Sharp, Sox Sperry


6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Health

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  • Activity - Classroom, 10-40 minutes
  • Lesson Plans
  • Presentation Slides
  • Worksheets

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North America, United States


PDF, Microsoft Powerpoint

Natural Gas: Water & Climate Impacts

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  • In this activity, students will examine and decode information on natural gas extraction from Wikipedia, America's Natural Gas Alliance, and Food and Water Watch. 
  • This resource includes a lesson plan, a student handout, a student worksheet, and a PowerPoint presentation. 
Teaching Tips


  • The lesson plan offers discussion questions for many academic subjects.
  • Teachers can use this lesson for virtual learning or in-person learning.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers must create a free account to access the materials.
  • The worksheet asks students to evaluate the reliability of the sources; this handout will teach students how to analyze media messages.
  • Teachers may want to research the sources to understand the viewpoints and biases.


  • Students could respond to questions individually or in small groups before discussing the answers as a class.
  • The reading for this activity is a bit dense, so a structured reading process may help some students.
  • Students could compare the Wikipedia article from the resource with the current Wikipedia article and note the differences. The class could discuss the pros and cons of using Wikipedia for scientific research.
  • Other resources on this topic include this interactive map on natural gas reserves, this podcast on the health and climate risks of using natural gas, and this article that compares different nonrenewable energy sources.

Scientist Notes

This resource illustrates the role that producers of natural gas play in providing smarter energy solutions while protecting U.S air, land, and water. In as much as natural gas comes from fossil fuel, this is still not smart. It is nonrenewable and contributes to climate change. It is good for students to understand this concept so they can engage in good climate conversations and advocate for clean energy that is pollution-free, environmentally friendly, and affordable. This resource is recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.6-8 Explain how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.4.6-8 Explain how cultural patterns and economic decisions influence environments and the daily lives of people in both nearby and distant places.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: History/Social Studies (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.6 Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
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