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6th Grade Science / Lesson 6 - Fossil Fuels Used to Make Electricity

Fossil Fuels Used to Make Electricity

What will we be learning today?

  • In this lesson, we are going to learn how fossil fuels can be used to make electricity.

  • How Can Fossil Fuels Be Used to Make Electricity?

    Fossil fuels are really a form of solar energy. They contain chemical energy that was originally light from the Sun used by ancient plants for growth. Fossil fuels are composed mainly of carbon and hydrogen. When they are burned, they combine with oxygen in the air to make water, carbon dioxide, and heat. Study the diagram on the next slide to see how this heat is used to make electricity that is sent to homes, offices, and factories.