In this short podcast, Terry Shiverdecker and Jessica Fries-Gaither discuss how middle school teachers can use an Earth science systems approach to incorporate oil spill activities into their instruction.
For lessons, activities, and information that focus on the environmental impact of the oil spill, try:
For lessons, activities, and information that focus on cleanup and remediation, try:
For lessons, activities, and information that focus on oil spills in general, try:
For lessons, activities, and information that focus on oceans, currents, and tides, try:
Water on the Move
. Explore how water density influences ocean currents.
Global Winds and Ocean Currents
. Demonstrate how wind influences ocean currents.
Tides and Currents (ORC #8112)
. Learn about currents and tides, and access oceanographic and meteorological data (historical and real time), predictions, and "nowcasts" and forecasts.
Tides Online (ORC #8111)
. Examine up-to-date tide data by state or region.
National Oceanographic Data Center (ORC #8092)
. Access global oceanographic and coastal data, products, and information.
Ocean Explorer: Chemosynthetic Life in the Gulf of Mexico
. Explore Gulf currents, geology, and ecosystems.
Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet (ORC #6543)
. Play the role of an oceanographer, and describe the state of our world's oceans, explain the significance of healthy oceans for a healthy planet, and make suggestions for solving environmental problems in the watery part of our world.
The Gulf Stream Voyage (ORC #3282)
. Use real-time data and primary source materials to discover the science and history of the Gulf Stream.
If you are using an Earth systems approach as described in the podcast, then you will also want lessons, activities, and information that focus on hurricanes; in that case, try:
Oil in the Ocean
. Watch a video about oil spills and their impact on the ocean ecosystem.
. Watch this video for in-depth information about ocean currents.
. Watch this video to learn more about tides.