In this short podcast, Terry Shiverdecker and Jessica Fries-Gaither discuss how teachers in grades 35 can use an ecosystem-based approach to explore the impact of an oil spill in a sensitive and developmentally appropriate way.
For lessons and activities that are specific to Gulf of Mexico oil spill, try:
For lessons and activities that focus on how the oil spill grows and moves, try:
. Observe how oil and water mix to form "mousse," then separate.
Oil Floats and Spreads
. Explore how oil floats on the ocean's surface with this simulation.
Ducks in the Flow
. Learn about ocean surface currents through a storybook and hands-on exploration.
For lessons and activities that focus on the effects of the oil spill on living organisms, try:
For lessons and activities that focus on the effect of oil spills on environments (including nonliving components), try:
For lessons and activities that focus on oil spill cleanup and response, try:
Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children's Books to Guide Inquiry by Karen Rohrich Ansberry and Emily R. Morgan (NSTA Press, Arlington, VA, 2004)