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Lesson 5: Oil Takes a Trip

Activity 1: 80 minutes; Activity 2: 60 minutes

Working backward from a gas pump, students brainstorm the steps involved in producing gasoline, including the formation of crude oil and the steps in the gasoline supply chain. Students move through the supply chain from oil wells around the world to gas stations in the United States. Along the way, they track their mileage and summarize each step in the supply chain. In a follow-up activity, students reflect on this supply chain using systems thinking and economics.

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