Download Lesson Plans and Activities

Easily demonstrate the dynamic processes of the discovery of oil and how it shapes our world with free lesson plans. These lessons also correspond with the Oil and Natural Gas book.

All lesson plans (English shown below with links to translations) are aligned to US National Science Education Standards and use the 5E Instructional Model.

Primary Students

Lessons available for all levels.

Fish, Fossils and Fuel: Where does oil come from?
العربية | 中文 | Español | FrançaisРусский

It’s a Gas: What is natural gas?
العربية | 中文 | Español | FrançaisРусский

Seeping Stones: What are oil traps?
العربية | 中文 | Español | FrançaisРусский

Give It a Lift: How do we get the oil out?
العربية | 中文 | Español | FrançaisРусский

Tower of Power: What materials come from oil?
العربية | 中文 | Español | FrançaisРусский

Core Sampling Activity
العربية |  Español | Nederlands | Português | Русский

Getting the Oil Out Activity
العربية | Español | Nederlands | Português | Русский

Exploring Sound Waves Activity (adapted with courtesy from the NEED Project)
العربية |  Español | Nederlands | Português | Русский

Understanding Density Activity (adapted with courtesy from the NEED Project)
العربية |  Español | Nederlands | Português | Русский

Intermediate Students

Formation of Oil
العربية | 中文 | Español | Français | Italiano | Русский

Reservoirs and Production
العربية | 中文 | Español | Français | Italiano | Русский

Pump It Up – Getting the Oil Out
العربية | 中文 | Español | Français | Italiano | Русский

Products from Petroleum – Polymers and Materials from Oil
العربية | 中文 | Español | Français | Italiano | Русский

Name that Tune – How Oil is Found
العربية | 中文 | Español | Français | Italiano | Русский

Exploring Porosity Activity (adapted with courtesy from the NEED Project)
العربية |  Español | Nederlands | Português | Русский

Secondary Students

Secondary activities are great for promoting STEM subjects and teamwork!

The Petroleum Value Chain
العربية | 中文 | Español | Français | Italiano | Русский

The History of Oil
العربية | 中文 | Español | Français | Italiano | Русский

Oil and the Environment
العربية | 中文 | Español | Français | Italiano | Русский

Exploring Oil Seeps Activity (adapted with courtesy from the NEED Project)
العربية |  Español | Nederlands | Português | Русский

Perforated Well Casing Activity (adapted with courtesy from the NEED Project)
Español | Nederlands | Português | Русский

Fracturing with Jello Activity (adapted with courtesy from the NEED Project)
Nederlands | Português | Русский

Peak Oil Game Activity (adapted with courtesy from the NEED Project)
العربية |  Español | Nederlands | Português | Русский

Scotland Curriculum for Excellence

Primary Curriculum Links

Fish, Fossils and Fuel Lesson
Fish, Fossils and Fuel Experiment Record
Fish, Fossils and Fuel Suggested Answers

Give it a Lift Lesson
Give it a Lift Challenge Record

It’s a Gas Lesson
It’s a Gas Experiment Record
It’s a Gas Suggested Answers

Petroleum Products

Secondary Curriculum Links

Formation of Oil

Name That Tune

Products from Petroleum

Pump it Up

Reservoirs and Production

Canada Activities

(provided by the NEED Project)

Fossil Fuels to Products Canada

Canada Forms and Sources of Energy

Oil and Gas Bingo Canada

Canada Energy Fact Sheet