As a high school Chemistry teacher, this set of computer-based tools will help you to introduce the topics of hydrocarbons in fossil fuels, carbon dioxide release by fossil fuel combustion and the effect of high atmospheric carbon dioxide on climate change.
This lesson plan helps students to learn about hydrocarbons, different types of hydrocarbons, and how the products of their combustion reactions can potentially lead to climate change. Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Chemistry.
Use this lesson plan to help your students find answers to:
- What are hydrocarbons?
- What types of hydrocarbons are found in commonly used fossil fuels?
- Discuss whether methane is a cleaner combustion fuel than methanol/ethane.
- Explain how the burning of fossil fuels is a potential contributor to climate change.
This is a Teacher-submitted Lesson Plan.
Contributed by Dr. Sharda Pasricha, Associate Professor, Sri Venkateswara College (Delhi University), India
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About Lesson Plan
|Grade Level||High School|
|Discipline||Chemistry, Environmental Sciences|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||Chemistry: Fossil fuels, Hydrocarbons, Combustion reactions
Environmental Sciences: Carbon dioxide and global warming
|Access||Online, offline use|
|Approximate Time Required||45-60 min|
|Micro-lecture (video) (~4 min)||A short video that introduces the topic of fossil fuels, how they are formed, and how the combustion/burning of fossil fuels may lead to an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide and potentially contribute to global warming.
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|Reading (~15 min)||A reading that describes hydrocarbons as primary components of fossil fuels, types of hydrocarbons and their structures, and the products of combustion of different hydrocarbons.
Find the Reading here:
|Classroom/ Laboratory activity (~ 40 min)||A classroom/laboratory activity that demonstrates the thermal properties of CO2, its role as a greenhouse gas, and how increased CO2 concentrations due to combustion of different hydrocarbons in fossil fuels may contribute to global warming.
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Here is a step-by-step guide to using this lesson plan in the classroom/laboratory. We have suggested these steps as a possible plan of action. You may customize the lesson plan according to your preferences and requirements.
|1. Introduce the topic through a micro-lecture (video)||
|2. Discuss the topic further by using an online reading||
|3. Conduct a classroom/laboratory activity||