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ACE Report: How To Make A Fossil Fuel

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  • This resource from ACE explains how fossil fuels formed and the different environments and conditions that coal, oil, and gas formed in over hundreds of millions of years.
  • It includes a printable worksheet, article, and links to additional information.
Teaching Tips


  • A teacher could use this resource as a way to activate prior knowledge on the topic or to provide all students with a base understanding of how fossil fuels are formed.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have prior knowledge of how fossil fuels are used.
  • You may want to have students review the linked EIA resource in the worksheet prior to answering the questions.
  • The materials are available for use without an account.


Scientist Notes

This resource is a good fit in explaining the formation of coal, oil, and natural gas. They all come from fossils. The resource is recommended for teaching.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

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