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Pennsylvania and National Academic Standards Alignment

These two presentations on the role of water in shale gas drilling were designed to align with the PA Dept of Education Academic Standards. This page provides more detail about the academic standards addressed by these presentations.

Presentation 1

A Water Drop on a Journey - Shale Gas Drilling in the Mid-Atlantic

This presentation covers water’s journey through the shale gas drilling and production processes in the Mid-Atlantic region and targets the 6th–9th grade level. It is based on the recent Penn State Extension publication, Water’s Journey through the Shale Gas Drilling and Production Processes in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

PA Academic Standards Addressed:

Environment and Ecology

  • "Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources"
  • "Watersheds and Wetlands"
  • "Humans and the Environment"

Science and Technology and Engineering

  • "Earth and Space Sciences-Earth Structure, Processes, and Cycles"

National Science Education Standards Addressed:

Life Sciences

  • "Populations and Ecosystems"

Earth and Space Science

  • "Structure of the Earth System"

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

  • "Populations, Resources, and Environments"
  • "Risks and Benefits"
  • "Science and Technology in Society"

Presentation 2

True or False - Common Concerns About Water and Shale Gas Drilling in the Mid-Atlantic Region

This presentation addresses current environmental issues and misconceptions surrounding shale gas drilling and production and is targeted to 8th–10th-grade viewers. The presentation addresses current topics of environmental concern and misunderstanding with factual research-based information.

PA Academic Standards Addressed:

Environment and Ecology

  • "Humans and the Environment"
  • "Watersheds and Wetlands"

Science and Technology and Engineering

  • "Technology and Engineering Education-Technology and Society"

National Science Education Standards Addressed:

Life Sciences

  • "The Interdependence of Organisms"

Earth and Space Science

  • "Geochemical Cycles"

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

  • "Natural Resources"
  • "Environmental Quality"
  • "Natural and Human-induced Hazards"
  • "Science and Technology in Local, National, and Global Challenges"