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Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell


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


Science, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences, Health

Resource Type

  • Videos, 5 minutes, 3 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States


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Fracking Explained: Opportunity or Danger

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  • This video explains how hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is used to extract natural gas from rock and highlights the dangers that are associated with the process.
  • Students will learn about the enormous amounts of energy and water fracking requires and the risk of water contamination associated with pumping the leftover toxic chemicals back into the wells. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video explains the process of fracking in easy-to-understand terms with simple visual aids that will appeal to visual learners and English language learners.
  • The short format of the video makes it an ideal introduction to a more in-depth lesson on fracking. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video begins with an advertisement. 
  • Because the video was produced in 2013, some of the statistics about fracking are not up to date. 
  • The video does not address the potential connection between fracking and earthquakes or fracking and air pollution. 


Scientist Notes

While some of the information in this video is out of date, as this video was made in 2013, the overall review of the fracking process is accurate. This resource is recommended for teaching.


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

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    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
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