For May 1, 2010: The huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a news maker that can be turned into a quick inquiry lesson for students. Try the lesson below that Cyberbee has used with teachers and students to think about the best way to clean-up an oil spill. Then, visit NOAA's National Ocean Service website page "Inspiring Teachers and Students," which features "information and activities for students and teachers who'd like to learn more about oil spills or hazardous chemical accidents." Elementary students will be amazed by the Making Mousse experiment, while older students will use graphing and observation skills to discover underlying factors that influence oil spills. Use the Gulf Oil Spill as a teachable moment!
Develop a method for cleaning up an oil spill using the materials provided.
Reporter What did you find out?
Recorder How well did it work?
Runner What materials were used?
Referee How much time did it take for the plan to work?
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String Baby Powder
Dish Soap Matches
1. Provide students with a tin pie pan.
2. Pour water into the pan
3. Put drops of oil on top of the water
4. Devise a plan(s) to clean-up an oil spill
5. Write down your observations for each plan
6. Keep a record of the time for the plan to work
7. Write a summary describing the method that worked best
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