Environmental Science Unit: Fossil Fuels, Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
Resource Type
Formats Included
  • Zip
64 + 17 PPT slides
Share this resource
Also included in
  1. This bundle contains 9 week's worth of environmental science or earth science lessons on landforms, minerals, rocks, soil, erosion, fossil fuels, and renewable energy. The notes and projects are designed to facilitate independent learning and are ideal for sub plans or simply to encourage self-ins
    Save $10.00
  2. These environmental lesson plans will help your students to take charge of their learning! This comprehensive course is interactive, hands-on, and student-centered! Students learn about major environmental issues in modern society through detailed lessons and activities. Units cover the four sphe
    Save $34.00


This bundle of lessons, labs, and activities is perfect for a high school environmental science course and will introduce your students to the distribution of energy sources and the advantages and disadvantages of both fossil fuels and renewable energy (solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, etc). Student worksheets, web-quests, labs, and an online quiz are all included for a cohesive and easy-to-follow unit.

All student pages come in both PRINT and DIGITAL versions for efficient use in class or through distance learning.

What's included?

  • 9 Teacher Planning Pages (standards document, editable daily pacing guide, differentiation ideas for student interest, ability, and learning environment)
  • 1 PowerPoint (17 editable slides- highly visual and fully animated)
  • 2 pages of Cornell Notes (both fill-in-the-blank and editable versions included)
  • Web-quest for content delivery with guided student notes
  • 1 page of Doodle Notes(TM) and a guide to using them in your classroom
  • Electricity Generation Lab- Students use wire and magnets to build a simple electric generator, then build a wind or water turbine to generate electricity
  • Energy Speed Dating Activity- Students research the costs and benefits of a particular type of energy then share information with others in this engaging class activity
  • Energy Battle/Debate- In a class discussion, students debate the "best" type of energy, giving reasons for their choice
  • Mapping Extension Activity- Students use real government maps and data to determine the location and distribution of energy sources within the United States
  • Independent Research Activity- Using Google Maps(TM), students make an interactive online map of power plant locations and historical events relating to the power industry
  • Reading Assignments for homework or bell-ringers
  • Math Extension- dimensional analysis and interpretation of graphs using real data
  • Online quiz using Google Forms for easy grading

This is a large bundle of lessons. To see details about each activity, please click on the "PREVIEW" button above.

The unit is aligned to NGSS and many state standards. If you’d like to know whether your state standards are covered, you can send me an email at support@suburbanscience.com.

NGSS addressed in this unit: HS-PS3-2, HS-PS3-3, HS-LS2-7, HS-ESS3-4, HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-2, HS-ETS1-1, HS-ETS1-2, HSETS1-3. Additional details on standards are included in the teacher planning pages of this course.


*For more details about the specific topics and items included, please see my PREVIEW.*

Where can I find other Environmental Science lessons?

Intro to Environmental Science

Biosphere Unit 1: Ecology, Food webs, and Symbiosis

Biosphere Unit 2: Species and Population Ecology

Biosphere Unit 3: World Biomes, Ecological Succession, and Biodiversity

Atmosphere: Weather, Wind, and Biogeochemical Cycles

Geosphere Unit 1: Plate Tectonics and Landforms

Geosphere Unit 2: Minerals, Mining, and Soil

Geosphere Unit 3: Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy

Hydrosphere Unit 1: Surface Water, Groundwater, and the Water Cycle

Hydrosphere Unit 2: Marine Biomes and Water Pollution

Land Use & Sustainability

Or get the Full Environmental Science Curriculum which includes all these units!

What curriculum could I use with this lesson?

This lesson is ideally geared toward high school students and would work well with a general-level Environmental Science or Biology textbook. It addresses the following topics in AP Environmental Science (APES):

  • 6.1: Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources
  • 6.2: Global Energy Consumption
  • 6.4: Distribution of Natural Energy Resources
  • 6.5: Fossil Fuels
  • 6.6: Nuclear Power
  • 6.7: Energy from Biomass
  • 6.8: Solar Energy
  • 6.9: Hydroelectric Power
  • 6.10: Geothermal Energy
  • 6.11: Hydrogen Fuel Cell
  • 6.12: Wind Energy
  • 6.13: Energy Conservation

Can I edit these resources to fit my needs?

Some of the files in this unit are editable. The text on the PowerPoints, Cornell Notes, and task cards is all editable so you can adjust the level of content and wording. The pacing guide, printable unit tests, and online quizzes through Google Forms™ are all fully editable. Web-quests, activities, extension pages, and any images included in this unit are in non-editable PDF formats to protect my intellectual property rights and those of the illustrators whose images I’ve purchased for use in this resource.


For updates about sales and new products, please follow my store: My TpT Store

You can also

⭐Subscribe to my newsletter for freebies and teaching tips

⭐Follow me on Instagram

⭐Check out my Facebook page

⭐Follow me on Pinterest

I value your feedback. Please rate this product. If you have any issues or questions about this product, please feel free to ask a question in my store or write to me at support@suburbanscience.com.

Total Pages
64 + 17 PPT slides
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
Report this Resource to TpT
Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TpT’s content guidelines.


to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity. Examples of human activities can include urbanization, building dams, and dissemination of invasive species.
Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
Develop and use models to illustrate that energy at the macroscopic scale can be accounted for as a combination of energy associated with the motion of particles (objects) and energy associated with the relative position of particles (objects). Examples of phenomena at the macroscopic scale could include the conversion of kinetic energy to thermal energy, the energy stored due to position of an object above the earth, and the energy stored between two electrically-charged plates. Examples of models could include diagrams, drawings, descriptions, and computer simulations.
Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios. Emphasis is on the conservation, recycling, and reuse of resources (such as minerals and metals) where possible, and on minimizing impacts where it is not. Examples include developing best practices for agricultural soil use, mining (for coal, tar sands, and oil shales), and pumping (for petroleum and natural gas). Science knowledge indicates what can happen in natural systems—not what should happen.


Questions & Answers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

More About Us

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up