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Oil Spill!

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Fourth and fifth graders take a close look at oil spills and the devastating effects they have on the environment. They explore the various methods for cleaning up oils spills and perform and hands-on simulation of an oil spill in class....
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Cleaning up an oil spill

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Small groups complete a science project involving cleaning up an oil spill. In this experiment, pupils use 4 different sorbents to discover which one absorbs the most oil.  Afterward, they make a data table.
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Oil Spill Perspectives

For Students 9th - 12th
With the BP oil spill still fresh on your scholars' minds, take the opportunity to analyze various perspectives on it through political cartoons. This critical-analysis handout features 2 cartoons on the incident. Background information...
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Writing
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What Do You Think of Obama's Oval Office Speech on the Oil Spill?

For Students 7th - 12th
Kids age 13 and older are asked to read the provided Times article and background information in order to construct a thoughtful blog response to Obama's first Oval Office speech. They work to address each of the related critical...
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The Treatment of Oil Spills—Microscale Chemistry

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
When oil spills happen, how is the oil cleaned up? Pupils of polymer science discover an amazing substance that turns oil into a solid during a microscale experiment. Individuals observe oil or paraffin before and after addition of the...
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Effects of Oil Spills on Environment and Marine Life

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore oceanography by conducting an environmental experiment in class. In this oil spill lesson, students discuss the human need for oil and what is at stake when we drill for oil in our oceans. Students read a book in class...
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Oil Spills: The Scientific Method in Action

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students write a clear and detailed procedure and explore the complications in trying to clean the environment. They develop various ways to solve a complex problem. Students are cognizant of the effects of pollution on the environment....
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Effect of Technology on the Environment

For Teachers 5th
There's no doubt that one of the most consistent dangers to our environment is the risks associated with the extraction and shipment of oil. This lesson focuses on oil spills - how they happen, the effects they have on the environment,...
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Global Oil Busters!

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students design and implement an investigation of the impact of oil spills on the environment. They then identify and compare different methods in cleaning up oil spills. Students write letters to the Governor about why the material they...
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Oil Well That Ends Well

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Focusing on the effect of oil spills on the environment, learners conduct experiments to explore this issue. First, they create an ocean environment using materials provided. Then, they make a simulated crude oil substance from vegetable...
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How to Clean Up an Oil Slick

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students explore how an oil spill is contained and cleaned up. They investigate an oil absorbing polymer that is hydrophobic, absorbs up to 19 times its own weight in nonpolar liquids, floats on water, and can be reused or disposed of by...
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Oil Spill Cleanup

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students participate in an oil spill simulation and how to clean it up. For this oil spill lesson plan, students also calculate the cost of the clean up of an oil spill.
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Oil Spill

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners explore an important role of environmental engineers by studying the Exxon Valdez oil spill. They experiment with different strategies in order to clean up their own manufactured oil spill.
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Organizer
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An Oil Spill Primer for Students

For Students 4th - 10th
In this Gulf oil spill worksheet, students examine a 4-page article regarding basic facts about the oil spill as well as photographs of clean-up efforts.
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Cleaning an Oil Spill

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders use oil, feathers, eggs, rubber bands, and more to create a simulated oil spill and then clean it up. In this oil spill lesson plan, 3rd graders discuss what their cleaning process is like and how the oceans are effected...
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Oil Spill in a Test Tube

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students develop a test tube model of an oil spill in order to experiment with conditions needed for bioremediation. They apply the principals of experimental design by analyzing a research article on the EXXON Valdez bioremediation...
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TE Activity: Oil Spill Cleanup

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students experiment by creating an oil spill and trying a number of clean up methods. They determine which methods are the least costly and most effective. They role play as an environmental engineer and as an oil company owner who must...
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Organizer
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Breaking English News - Obama Says BP Must Pay for Oil Spill Clean-up

For Students 12th - Higher Ed
In this ESL/ELL reading comprehension learning exercise, students read or listen to an article entitled, "Obama Says BP Must Pay for Oil Spill Clean-up." They participate in discussion activities, and complete a variety of question types...
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How would an oil spill affect a Marine Sanctuary?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore the concept of environmental stewardship. In this science lesson, students discover how scientists assess damages to the environment following oil spills. Students conduct a simulation of a public meeting in order to...
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How to Clean Up An Oil Spill

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students practice cleaning up an oil spill. In this good citizenship lesson plan, students experiment with different cleaning agents to see which ones clean oil off a soft toy. They compare this experiment with the volunteers helping...
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Oil Spill Solutions

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students build a system to remove oil from a water source. In this environmental engineering lesson, students plan and build a system to contain and remove oil from a water source using various materials provided by the teacher. Students...
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Oil Spill Lesson Plans

For Teachers 4th - 8th
With the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, now is a great time to educate students on issues related to oil.
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Clean it Up!

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Harness the power of bacteria. Scholars see how using organisms that exist in nature can help solve human problems in the process known as bioremediation. They research and discuss several successful examples, such as using oil-eating...
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Oil Changes Everything

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students participate in a hands on activity simulating an oil spill. In this oil spill lesson plan, students conduct an experiment about an oil spill, discuss how it would affect the environment and provide solutions to prevent oil spills.

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