Lesson Plan: Oil Boom and its Effect on You G 7-12

Written By: Leslie W. (Educator)
Grade Level: Grades 7-12

Time Allotment

One class period (or longer as wished)


Students will not only look at how the oil boom affects them personally, but their neighborhood, community, state, environment (weather, natural resources, etc.), education, and employment opportunities. Students will be encouraged to see both the negative and positive effects through guided discussion.

Lesson Plan: Oil_Boom_and_its_Effect_on_You.pdf

Subject Matter

Language Arts, Social Studies

Learning Objectives

Students will:
  • Learn how the energy industry affects the “greenhouse effect.”
  • Learn the challenges that communities & state governments face.
  • Explore the challenges “new faces” encounter.
  • Media Components - Video/Web

    1. Video clips from Faces of the Oil Patch Documentary
    2. Interactive from NOVA ‐ Where Do We Put It?
    3. Video clips on the Greenhouse Effect


  • Computer
  • LCD projection system
  • Chalkboard/whiteboard
  • Teacher Preparation

    1. Preview video clips and makes selections
    2. Speak to city leaders and business owners regarding challenges they face

    Introductory Activities

    1. Ask the class “How has the oil boom affected you and your family?”
    2. List responses on board.
    3. Ask “Do you know anyone from the energy industry? How?”

    Learning Activities

    1. View selected video clips from the documentary Faces of the Oil Patch.
    2. Ask: “How many have heard of the Greenhouse Effect?”
    3. Give brief summary of the Greenhouse Effect and myths surrounding it.
    4. View selected video clips about the Greenhouse Effect.
    5. Ask: “Is there something we could do to help?”
    6. Demonstrate the interactive from: Nova – Where Do We Put It?
    7. Play video clips from: Where Do We Put It? Interactive.

    Culminating Activity

    1. Brainstorm a list of what could we do to make the change a positive in our lives.
    2. Select actions from the list that are ‘do‐able’ for individual students or small groups.
    3. Challenge students to make a difference!

    Community Connections

  • Law enforcement
  • City council members
  • Area businesses