Reflection: Learning Communities Exploring Oil - Section 1: Engage


It is easy to integrate with the Social Studies department because the history of non-renewable energy stands hand-in-hand with the history of the United States. Sometimes I try on an activity simply because of the historical value and because it lights up the students. This movie, History Channel: Spindletop, Texas  is one such activity. It conveys hardships in a rough country and the joy of discovery. The kids love it. I'm not sure how I can convey my instructional goals because I might not align to a standard. Can I say, "For the joy of it."? The discussion after this movie is typically interesting for myself and the students. I'm digging into the connection between technological advances, the necessary resources to make the technology work, and how humans dream big. 

After the movie I start the discussion with the following three questions: 

  • What’s the big deal?
  • What is oil used for?
  • Why do we need it?

The students take it from there, usually. 

  Integrating Social Studies
  Learning Communities: Integrating Social Studies
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Exploring Oil

Unit 5: Exploring Non-Renewable Energy Sources
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT explore how the uneven distribution of oil presents environmental challenges.

Big Idea: Oil is extracted from the Earth and transported to be refined, and transported yet again as fuel. This transportation has environmental effects.

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