Fossil Fuels Digital Inquiry | Natural Resources & Nonrenewable Resources

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4th - 6th
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Description

Question: What are the advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels?

Objective: I can combine information from multiple sources to explain the advantages and disadvantages of fossil fuels.

Suggested Units: Natural Resources, Energy

Topics: natural resources, nonrenewable resources, fossil fuels

Activity Information

This resource includes a PDF with a link to Google Slides files that you can copy and distribute to your students. It is compatible with Google Classroom. It is not intended to be used in printed format.

In this activity, students will work independently to collect information from multiple sources, write important notes from the sources that answer the question, and construct a response that includes evidence from their notes.

Video Tutorials

Teacher Tutorial: This video will show you how to assign Science Digital Inquiry assignments in Google Classroom.

Student Tutorial: Please share this video with students to learn how to use this resource on both a computer and mobile device.

Sources Included

1. Video about how fossil fuels are used and how they were made

2. Informational Text about fossil fuel formation

3. Infographic about the benefits of coal

4. Video about the future of energy

5. Encyclopedia Entry about nonrenewable resources

Student Pages Included (3 differentiated options)

• Collecting Information table

• Integrating Information page for written response

Differentiation

There are three different files included. The content is all the same but the student pages are scaffolded at 3 different levels to help individual students successfully accomplish the task. If a student is offered a scaffold that they do not need, then I recommend allowing them to complete the activity without it.

A: guided questions for note-taking and no scaffolding for written response

B: guided questions for note-taking and optional sentence stems for written response

C: guided questions for note-taking and fill in the blank with drag and drop terms for written response

Related Standards

TEKS 4.7C  identify and classify Earth's renewable resources, including air, plants, water, and animals, and nonrenewable resources, including coal, oil, and natural gas, and the importance of conservation

TEKS 5.7A explore the processes that led to the formation of sedimentary rocks and fossil fuels

NGSS 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.

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Product Information

1. This resource includes a PDF with a link to Google Slides files that you can copy and distribute to your students. It is compatible with Google Classroom. It is not intended to be used in printed format.

2. While this file is not editable, you can add information, remove pages, and change links.

3. Please purchase the correct number of user licenses. 1 teacher = 1 user license

4. This file is included in the Earth Science Digital Inquiry Bundle, the 4th Grade Science Bundle {Texas Edition}, and the 5th Grade Science Bundle {Texas Edition}.

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Teaching Duration
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