High School Educator Resources
As high school teachers, you play a key role in shaping and energizing the future of your students by teaching and helping them explore their interests – which may very well lead to their future jobs. Shell is pleased to provide you with energy curriculum for your classroom.
All lesson plans include a teacher’s guide and a corresponding lesson printable in a downloadable PDF format. Each teacher’s guide has detailed instructions, materials required, Next Generation Science Standards and additional resource links for the topic. The NGSS were used to set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the conclusion of each activity. For more information regarding the NGSS, please visit https://www.nextgenscience.org
Social Responsibility Statement
Teach students about energy and consumption. Students will take a personal inventory of everyday items and create a social responsibility statement to encourage them to think more critically about their consumption. Students will be able to list ways they can employ social responsibility in relation to their energy use and product consumption.
Lesson Printable: Personal Energy Audit
Engage students in determining what careers are available in the petroleum and natural gas industry and how these careers might relate to their interests. Students will participate in an online quiz, independent research and prepare a sample career profile.
Lesson Printable: LinkedIn Student Template
Introduce students to the general process followed to separate petroleum into its many products in a refinery. This game enables students to visualize how the molecules of hydrocarbons can be separated into their smaller components in the refining process, and one day, become a product that consumers will use.
Lesson Printable: Fractional Distillation Maze
Lesson Printable: Fractional Distillation Tower Activity
Get Smart! Smarter Mobility
Teach students the impact their driving behavior has on fuel efficiency to achieve smarter mobility! Students will draw logical conclusions about the impact of their driving behaviors based on a series of challenges.
Lesson Printable:Smart Mobility IQ Test
Lesson Printable: Smart Mobility IQ Test Answer Key
What’s Your Energy Bottom Line?
Teach students ways they can reduce their environmental footprint by making reasonable modifications. Students will calculate and analyze their environmental footprint.
Lesson Printable: Personal Energy Audit
Test That Biofuel!
Introduce students to the science, benefits, and trade-offs of biofuels as an alternative energy source. Students will conduct an experiment that simulates the fermentation process of ethanol production in order to determine which biomass source(s) they’d use if they were building a refinery in their state.
Lesson Printable: Which Biomass is Best
Energy Through the Ages
Teach students how energy was used in the past and see how much energy today’s popular appliances use. Students will determine the energy required to run various appliances.
Lesson Printable: Energy Through the Ages
Floating Liquefied Natural Gas
Students will identify floating liquefied natural gas and problems related to exploration, drilling, and transporting of natural gas. Students will draw conclusions about how floating liquified natural gas can be a solution to problems identified.
Lesson Printable: Stranded Gas? No Problem!
What’s Your Energy Knowledge?
Assess students’ prior knowledge and increase their awareness of energy sources. Students will identify the various types of energy we use today.
Lesson Printable: What’s Your Energy Knowledge?
Paying At the Pump
Introduce students to variables that affect gas prices. Students will compare variables from different years that affect gas prices and compute the outcomes.
Lesson Printable: Paying at the Pump
Energy Supply vs. Demand
Introduce students to energy supply and demand. Students will brainstorm solutions to meeting growing energy demand while considering the environmental and economic implications and the benefits and trade-offs of one possible solution.
Lesson Printable: Energy Supply vs. Demand
What’s Up With The Wind?
Introduce students to renewable energy sources. Students will compare four different types of energy and go in-depth on wind power.
Lesson Printable: What’s Up With the Wind
Witnessing Wind: Construct a Turbine
Students will be introduced to wind power as an alternative energy source and understand how a turbine’s design and wind speed affect how electricity is produced. Students will build and test their own wind turbines.
Lesson Printable: Witnessing Wind: Construct a Turbine
Natural Gas in the Energy Mix
Teach students about the benefits and trade-offs of natural gas and the role of natural gas in the energy mix. Students will make recommendations for consumers to use natural gas in the energy mix.
Lesson Printable: Natural Gas in the Energy Mix
The Energy Mosaic: How Can We Meet Our Future Energy Needs?
Teach students about the demands of energy needs. Students will analyze global energy facts and statistics to help them determine how local uses and sources impact the global energy picture.
Lesson Printable: Meeting Future Energy Needs