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Author

Jeff Brady

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Civics, Health

Resource Types

  • Articles and Websites
  • Podcasts, 6 minutes, 45 seconds

Regional Focus

North America, United States

We Need to Talk About Your Gas Stove, Your Health, and Climate Change

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Synopsis
  • This short NPR podcast and longer article breaks down the negative aspects of using natural gas, and focuses on the emissions that gas stoves release into homes. 
  • The article is preceded by a short podcast that summarizes the article, and includes a written transcript of the podcast that can be accessed by clicking the paragraph symbol on the audio file. 

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This short podcast is interesting and engaging, and clearly states the argument against the use of natural gas use in the home.
  • The article goes into more depth than the podcast and allows for many class questions and debates. 
  • The article has many resources linked throughout, and takes statements from all sides.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know the definitions of words such as epidemiology, combustion, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and nitrogen dioxide. 

Differentiation

  • This article could be used in an English class as an example of an argumentative essay.
  • A potential activity could be a debate where the teacher divides the class into two groups, where one group argues for gas stoves and the other group argues against gas stoves.
  • Science classes could use this to show the effect of natural gas on climate change.
  • Some other related resources are this StC lesson plan Natural Gas: Water & Climate Impacts, and this article  Should It Be Called "Natural Gas" or "Methane"?.
Scientist Notes
The resource underscores the importance of switching from natural gas to a more efficient energy source to reduce our carbon footprint.  It also discusses regulating energy production and consumption to avert air pollution. This resource is recommended.
Standards

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

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.MF.7.6 Compare and contrast texts to analyze the unique qualities of different mediums, including the integration of information from multiple formats and sources to develop deeper understanding of the concept, topic, or subject and resolve conflicting information.
      • RI.CI.8.2 Determine a central idea of an informational text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
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