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6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts, Health

Resource Types

  • Video, 1 minute, 22 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Digital Text
  • Interactive Media
  • Assessment

Regional Focus


Nonrenewable Energy Resources

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  • This interactive book chapter describes the many types of fossil fuels, the effects of burning fossil fuels on the environment, and the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources.
  • Students will interpret data about pollutants from fossil fuels and reflect on chapter information through reflection questions and an interactive quiz.
Teaching Tips


  • The content is scaffolded through diagrams, data sets, and video explanations.
  • The quiz at the end of the chapter allows students and teachers to gain immediate feedback.
  • Teachers can edit and add additional resources to the chapter before assigning them to their class.

Additional Prerequisites

  • A basic understanding of the existence of climate change and its negative impacts on the planet.
  • Teachers and students must sign in to use some of the interactive features.
  • Vocabulary terms will show their definitions if you hover over them and there is an outlined overview in the "Review" section.


  • Students can view the information in different ways to ensure comprehension.
  • Consider having students use a graphic organizer for the vocabulary terms and main concepts.
  • When signed in, students have access to a toolbar that allows students to highlight, note-take, read summaries and view additional information about the chapter.
Scientist Notes
This resource underscores non-renewable energy sources and the need to divest from coal and transit to clean energy. This 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.6-8.10 By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-1. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
      • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
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