Oil Spill Cleanup Challenge

Lesson Plan Overview

The goal of this activity is to get students thinking about oil in the ocean, and in particular about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the challenging cleanup efforts. Each pair of students will have a water-filled tray to represent the Gulf of Mexico and a set of materials to respond to the simulated oil spill.

This activity is useful for a wide range of ages and works well in a camp or classroom setting. This challenge, including introduction, hands-on activity, and discussion, takes about 1 hour.

Source: ECOGIG
Subjects: Marine Biology
Grades: 3-5 6-8

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Literacy Principles:

OLP#6: The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.

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