Green Middle School - Distance Learning Project Photos from 2009
2010 Learning Goals Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and 21st Century Skills using problem-based learning.
Day 1: Engage Learn about natural gas and oil in Ohio. Use the student Viewing Guide and watch these videos to introduce the topic, gather information and reflect afterwards. Focus on environmental footprint, energy and economic benefits and safety issues.
Watch the testimonial of Sam Alonso, Mayor of Reminderville in Summit County: http://www.youtube.com/user/OOGEEP1#p/a/u/1/cDNqjq0IX1M What does he say about the drilling and production of natural gas and oil in his community? Do you think that he made a good decision? What are your thoughts about producing natural gas in our community? What concerns do you have? Where can we get answers to our questions?
Keri DiMichele, Homeowner, Twinsburg, Summit County http://www.youtube.com/user/OOGEEP1#p/a/u/3/3hi7jt6vDf0
Days 2-4: Explore - Activities that provide needed background information to build knowledge of students.
Day 2 - OOGEEP Energy Education - 6 Learning Stations & Experiments: divide students into 6 groups to learn about each section and teach classmates. http://geleerd.net/oogeepwiki/Main_Page
Day 3 - Speaker: Rhonda Reda, Executive Director, Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program. Topic: How is crude oil and natural gas explored, drilled and produced? How do we use these energy sources? What is the impact on the environment? Students use Speaker Guide
Day 4 - Field trip to well on school property. Use this picture from ODNR site to look at the wells in proximity to Green Middle School: Well Locations Students use this field trip guide to gather information about what they see: Field Trip Guide
Day 5: Explain and Evaluate
Answer this question: "Considering what you know about various sources of energy (solar, wind, coal, geothermal) compare one of the these sources with natural gas and oil in terms of environmental footprint and economic benefits for your community. Be ready to defend your argument in a debate."
Possible debate Strategies to use in the classroom.
"Inner/Outer Circle Debate" This debate strategy focuses on listening to the views of others and responding to them. It is an excellent pre-writing or debate strategy. Arrange students into four groups of equal size. Arrange students in Group 1 into a circle of chairs facing out, away from the circle. Arrange students in Group 2 into a circle of chairs around Group 1, facing the students in Group 1. Groups 3 and 4 gather around the perimeter of the circle, facing the circle. Select an issue that students will be motivated to discuss/debate. Provide students in the inner circle 10-15 minutes to discuss the topic. During that time, all other students focus their attention on the students in the inner circle. No one else is allowed to speak. Other students take notes about points those students bring up; notes are used in a follow-up classroom discussion and/or for writing an editorial opinion expressing a point of view on the issue at hand.
"Think-Pair-Share Debate" This strategy can be used during the information gathering part of a debate or as a stand-alone strategy. Students start the activity by gathering information on their own. Give students about 10 minutes to think and make notes. Next, pair each student with another student; give the pair about 10 minutes to share their ideas, combine their notes, and think more deeply about the topic. Then pair those students with another pair; give them about 10 minutes to share their thoughts and gather more notes. Eventually, the entire class will come together to share information they have gathered about the topic.
"Four Corners Debate Strategy" In this active debate strategy, students take one of four positions on an issue. They either strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree. Share reasoning. Students may move as they would like when they hear a good argument.
Evaluation - After the debate, students can share what they have learned by choosing one of the following: write a newspaper article supporting your point of view, write a letter to the mayor suggesting a way to provide energy to your local residents, write a persuasive letter to the editor of your local paper, prepare a podcast to share on the school website.
NOTE: If you would like to add extra days to this unit here are some other videos to view, websites to explore and activities to consider:
- What does it take to drill for natural gas and oil? Watch this Production & Drilling video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OIgOuWIo6Q. Use these pictures from the ODNR website to establish the fact that natural gas and oil are found in this region of the state. Zoom in on ODNR Wells near Green Middle School
- Go to oogeep.org and watch other Landowner Testimonials at http://www.oogeep.org/media/atest.html
- Go to the ODNR Website and have students explore by zooming on different areas of state to explore the number of natural gas and oil wells that are found. ODNR website: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Website/Geosurvey/geosurvey_emergency_oilgas/viewer.htm
- Invite a natural gas and crude oil industry professional to talk (or skype) in the classroom (Examples: Petroleum Engineer, Petroleum Geologist, Seismologist, Geophysicist, Roustabout, Well Tender)
- Invite a local official to discuss ways community is producing its own energy (Example: Mayor, County Commissioner, State Representative, Senator, Township Trustee, etc.)
- Invite a representative from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mineral Resources Management to speak on how they regulate the industry.
- Video: The Quest for Natural Gas and Crude Oil:
- Video: Petroleum Engineers Job Descriptions:
- Video: New Oil and Gas Exploration:
- Video: Our World: Offshore Drilling:
- Activities and Information - On the Road to Fueling the Future from the National Energy Foundation: http://www.nef1.org/ftf/index.html