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Author

Jeff Brady

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Civics, Health

Resource Types

  • Article
  • Podcast, 6 minutes, 45 seconds

Regional Focus

North America, United States

We Need to Talk About Your Gas Stove, Your Health, and Climate Change

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Synopsis
  • This short NPR podcast and longer article breaks down the negative aspects of using natural gas, and focuses on the emissions that gas stoves release into homes. 
  • The article is preceded by a short podcast that summarizes the article, and includes a written transcript of the podcast that can be accessed by clicking the paragraph symbol on the audio file. 

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This short podcast is interesting and engaging, and clearly states the argument against the use of natural gas use in the home.
  • The article goes into more depth than the podcast and allows for many class questions and debates. 
  • The article has many resources linked throughout, and takes statements from all sides.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know the definitions of words such as epidemiology, combustion, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and nitrogen dioxide. 

Differentiation

  • This article could be used in an English class as an example of an argumentative essay.
  • A potential activity could be a debate where the teacher divides the class into two groups, where one group argues for gas stoves and the other group argues against gas stoves.
  • Science classes could use this to show the effect of natural gas on climate change.
  • Some other related resources are this StC lesson plan Natural Gas: Water & Climate Impacts, and this article  Should It Be Called "Natural Gas" or "Methane"?.
Scientist Notes
The resource underscores the importance of switching from natural gas to a more efficient energy source to reduce our carbon footprint.  It also discusses regulating energy production and consumption to avert air pollution. This resource is recommended.
Standards
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.7 Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium's portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
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