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Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts, Health

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  • Videos, 1 minute, 22 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Ebooks
  • Interactive Media
  • Assessments

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Nonrenewable Energy Resources

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  • This interactive book chapter describes the many types of fossil fuels, the effects of burning fossil fuels on the environment, and the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources.
  • Students will interpret data about pollutants from fossil fuels and reflect on chapter information through reflection questions and an interactive quiz.
Teaching Tips


  • The content is scaffolded through diagrams, data sets, and video explanations.
  • The quiz at the end of the chapter allows students and teachers to gain immediate feedback.
  • Teachers can edit and add additional resources to the chapter before assigning them to their class.

Additional Prerequisites

  • A basic understanding of the existence of climate change and its negative impacts on the planet.
  • Teachers and students must sign in to use some of the interactive features.
  • Vocabulary terms will show their definitions if you hover over them and there is an outlined overview in the "Review" section.


  • Students can view the information in different ways to ensure comprehension.
  • Consider having students use a graphic organizer for the vocabulary terms and main concepts.
  • When signed in, students have access to a toolbar that allows students to highlight, note-take, read summaries and view additional information about the chapter.
Scientist Notes
This resource underscores non-renewable energy sources and the need to divest from coal and transit to clean energy. This is recommended for teaching
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-1 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.10 By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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