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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus



Microsoft Excel

Oil Consumption

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  • This interactive line chart, map, and table provide students the opportunity to analyze oil consumption in Terawatt-hours (TWh) per year for various countries between 1965-2020. Students can:
    • Hover over the line graph of data to get more detailed information.
    • Select the countries to include in the graph from a provided list.
    • Download the data as a CSV file to do further calculations.
    • Download the graph as an image file (PNG) or vector file (SVG).

Teaching Tips


  • For economics, this is a powerful tool to provide real life data on how oil consumption and the demand of oil has changed in different countries. Students can explore determinants of supply by considering how the increase in the demand of oil production (all else equal) could increase the price of oil, which is a resource for many goods. This can allow students to explore determinants of supply and demand. This can be used with Oil Production data.
  • In addition, for economics, teachers can use this data to introduce negative externalities of consumption. By looking at this data, the teacher can ask the students what are effects on third party (people other than consumers of oil) from the consumption of oil?

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read a line graph.
  • If the teacher utilizes the exported data, students and teachers should know how to use Microsoft Excel.


  • Students would probably be motivated to explore countries they are associated with.
  • Consider narrowing down the amount of data shown on the screen so students will not be overwhelmed. There is an option to add and remove countries, for example.
Scientist Notes

The resource provides specific illustrations on oil consumption rates in different countries. Consumption of biogasoline (such as ethanol) and biodiesel are excluded while derivatives of coal and natural gas are included. Students can explore to see these changes from the map and charts contained in the resource. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
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