A Toolkit for Teachers and Parents

Thank you for considering fossil energy education in your classroom curriculum. The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy is excited to present printable study guides and activities emphasizing the importance of coal, natural gas, and petroleum to our everyday lives. More importantly, we hope to familiarize students with the science and technologies that make using fossil fuels cleaner.

We hope you find our information useful.  If you have any comments or suggestions regarding our educational materials, please contact us.

Elementary School

  • Conserving Electric Energy: A classroom activity whereby students participate in two experiments in which they gain an appreciation for their dependency on electricity, and learn how regulating the rate of energy consumption makes the energy source last longer.
  • Word Find (including answer key)

Middle School

High School

  • Teacher Resources from FE's National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Build a Floating Oil Rig: The U.S. Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service developed this teacher's guide about the many energy resources found in, over, and under the ocean. Includes sections on petroleum, natural gas, and methane hydrates. Hands-on activities include drilling for oil in the ocean, and building a floating oil rig.
  • Learn About Petroleum Careers: The International Society of Petroleum Engineers developed this Web site to list the types of careers available within the petroleum industry - from geologist to energy economist.