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Author

ACE

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Health

Resource Type

  • Videos, 53 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Pennsylvania

Youth Climate Story: Fracking in Pennsylvania

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Synopsis
  • This brief video gives a quick definition of fracking and focuses on the potential human health impacts for communities near industrial fossil fuel activities.
  • The video provides aerial footage of hydraulic fracturing sites in Western Pennsylvania and the cities around them. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video uses a youth voice to succinctly explain a complicated environmental justice issue related to fossil fuel extraction.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with how fossil fuels are mined and used in the United States.
  • The video is available without an account.

Differentiation

  • Closed captioning and subtitles can be enabled for students with learning differences or English language learners.
  • Consider having students think about who might have opposing arguments to this video and how to find common ground with those people.
  • This video would be an effective conversation starter before further investigation into the environmental health concerns of mining and burning fossil fuels.
Scientist Notes

People of color and low-income communities may be surrounded by fracking activities. This resource is suitable and recommended for teaching environmental and climate justice.

Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.5.9-12 Evaluate how political and economic decisions throughout time have influenced cultural and environmental characteristics of various places and regions.
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