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Below is a sample breakdown of the Nonrenewable Resource Types chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages and Disadvantages; |
Energy Consumption of the World: The Differences in Consumption Between Developing and Developed Nations
| The formation of oil, coal and natural gas, and their uses; |
The correlation between developed countries and energy consumption
|Tuesday|| Coal Mining: Environmental Impacts and Technologies Used to Make Cleaner Coal; |
Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: Availability, Extraction and Use
| The advantages and disadvantages of using coal, and techniques for removing impurities for cleaner burning; |
Drilling for oil and natural gas, and the availability of these nonrenewable resources
|Wednesday||Shale Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing and Environmental Concerns||Disadvantages of using the hydraulic fracturing method to extract shale gas from the Earth|
|Thursday||What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition and Examples||Nuclear reactions and their relationships to energy|
|Friday||Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns||Nuclear power and the risk of overheating, radiation sickness and radioactive waste|
1. What Are Fossil Fuels? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages
Fossil fuels are sources of energy that have developed within the earth over millions of years. Because fossil fuels - oil, natural gas, and coal - take so long to form, they are considered nonrenewable. Learn more about these fuels, including the pros and cons of using them.
2. Energy Consumption of The World: The Differences in Consumption Between Developing and Developed Nations
Energy consumption is greater in developed nations than in developing nations. However, as the economy of a developing nation improves, the global energy consumption increases. Learn more about the differences in energy consumption around the world.
3. Coal Mining: Environmental Impacts and Technologies Used To Make Cleaner Coal
Coal is an abundant fuel source, but burning coal is problematic for the environment. In this lesson, you will learn about clean coal technologies, such as coal washing, flue gas desulfurization systems, low-NOx burners, gasification, and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).
4. Oil and Natural Gas Reserves: Availability, Extraction and Use
Oil and natural gas reserves are found underground and must be extracted using a drilling method. In this lesson you will learn about the many uses of oil and natural gas, the availability of these valuable resources and how they are extracted.
5. Shale Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing and Environmental Concerns
Shale gas is a type of natural gas that is found trapped within sedimentary rock. It is extracted using a procedure called hydraulic fracturing. In this lesson, you will learn about hydraulic fracturing and the environmental concerns raised by use of this extraction technique.
6. What is Nuclear Energy? - Definition & Examples
You've probably heard of nuclear energy. But what is it? And what is the difference between fusion and fission? This lesson will answer your questions about this exciting form of energy that involves atoms and their nuclei.
7. Risks of Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste: Safety and Health Concerns
Nuclear power can generate electricity without greenhouse gas emissions. However, there are concerns about its safety. Learn about the safety and health concerns associated with the threat of nuclear meltdowns, as well as the challenges involved in storing radioactive waste.
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