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Author

ACE

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Justice, Health, Social-Emotional Learning

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast

Youth Climate Story: Fracking in Pennsylvania

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Synopsis
  • This brief video gives a quick definition of fracking and focuses on the potential human health impacts for communities near industrial fossil fuel activities.
  • The video provides aerial footage of hydraulic fracturing sites and the cities around them. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video uses a youth voice to succinctly explain a complicated environmental justice issue related to fossil fuel extraction.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with how fossil fuels are mined and used in the United States.
  • The video is available without an account.

Differentiation

  • Closed captioning and subtitles can be enabled for students with learning differences or English language learners.
  • Consider having students think about who might have opposing arguments to this video and how to find common ground with those people.
  • This video would be an effective conversation starter before further investigation into the environmental health concerns of mining and burning fossil fuels.
Scientist Notes

People of color and low-income communities may be surrounded by fracking activities. This resource is suitable and recommended for teaching environmental and climate justice.

Standards

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

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    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
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