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Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics, Civics, Health

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Monitoring Methane: Human Health and Abatement

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  • In this lesson, students will learn about natural gas extraction, worldwide methane emissions, and the health impacts of fracking.
  • Students will hear about a young man's experience with natural gas extraction in his town, evaluate his statements, read about the health implications associated with fracking, analyze data, and produce infographics.
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  • The video is well-produced, captivating, and easy to understand.
  • The infographic activity is engaging for students who are hands-on learners.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students and teachers can download the data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) as a CSV file.
  • Teachers must sign up for a free account to access the lesson plan.
  • Students should know how to use the Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning (CER) model for science writing.
  • Students should understand the greenhouse effect, climate change, and methane's role as a greenhouse gas.


  • Students can watch the video at home to prepare for an in-class discussion on climate policy in Texas and other areas with fracking operations.
  • This lesson can fit within a larger unit on the human health impacts of climate change.
  • Civics students can brainstorm policies to regulate methane emissions and discuss the connection between corporate interests and policy decisions made by lawmakers.
  • Language arts students can expand their work with infographics and write a public service announcement.
Scientist Notes
Methane emissions from natural gas extraction seriously impact the climate and human health. In this lesson, students interact with data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) to assess emissions and abatement technologies. The IEA methane tracker is interactive, well-cited, and even features comparisons with other sources. It clearly shows the costs of abatement technologies, including many that can save money when implemented. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • RST.9-10.7 Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.
      • RST.11-12.2 Determine the central ideas, themes, or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.9-10.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any false reasoning or distorted evidence.
      • SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with peers on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 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.
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
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