Science - Earth Science
Standard 4 Objective 3
2 class periods of 60 minutes each
Students will create an "oil spill" in a pan and experiment with the best ways to clean it. At the end of this lesson, students will be able to identify at least two successful methods of oil spill cleanup and explain how an oil spill affects the environment.
These may vary:
Cleanup Materials: Any or all of the following:
Materials for the boom:
Time needed: 2-50 minutes class periods if video is used.
Day 1: Introduction Day View a video of the Exxon Valdez or YouTube (San Francisco Oil Spill: A Preventable Tragedy) is a good one. YouTube has many video clips of birds being washed, affect of oil on sea life etc. Hand out student sheets and describe directions and materials. Ask students to bring materials from home that they think will work to soak up the oil.
Day 2: : Teams clean up a mini-oil spill using various methods. Discuss results of each groups experiments and how those results relate to a real life large-scale oil spill. If you have stereoscopes, the damage to the feather will be more easily observed.
Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.