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Students understanding the affects of oil on the environment
Updated: 2/20/2019
Students understanding the affects of oil on the environment
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  • What are the negative affects of Oil Spills on Birds and the Environment?
  • There are 768 teaspoons in a gallon, so how much oil would cover a certain area of water?
  • Let's get to sketching!
  • Students are gathering materials and measuring out the oil and water, observing the interactions. With their measurements students will answer how much a truck, a ship, and a supertanker hold in oil; together as a class they will average out how much oil can cover an area of water.
  • What are the negative affects of Oil Spills on Birds and the Environment?
  • How can we save the environment?
  • Three eggs will be placed in the oil/water solution in 5, 15, & 30 minute increments they will be taken out cleaned then peeled. Students will then examine each egg, and make careful observations, and take notes. The group discusses the affects of oil on the embryo, the egg shell, and the how it affects nesting birds.
  • Students will be given natural bird feathers that they will put in water first, oil second, and then clean with detergent. They will make sketches of each observation, and then discuss the changes of the oil and detergent on the feather as a group.
  • Students will discuss with the teacher, the question on the board, and what they found in their studies on how oil affects birds and the environment. As a class, they will discuss what other pollutants are affecting the environment, and what is being done to stop and clean the environment.
  • Extracurricular activity Students will pick an oil spill that has occurred anywhere around the world, doing research on how it affected the area, what scientists are learning about how oil spills effect the environment, and what can be done to prevent future major oil spills, creating a PowerPoint over their research.
  • Extracurricular activity, students visit a local area that was affected by an oil spill. The teacher will present a before picture describing what occurred, and how it affected the area. Students will discuss the differences of the land currently to the teacher and do research, writing a short summary on how it was cleaned or if there was any effort to clean the area.
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