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Effects of Oil Spills on Environment and Marine Life

Lesson Description:
Students will be able to...
  • Know that physical models can be used to represent changes in objects, events, and process
  • Know that when the environment changes, some organisms die and understand how the environment is affected by an oil spill
  • Uses illustrations and ideas presented in text to make predictions
  • Know how exposure to pollutants can affect personal health

Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Other

Time Needed:
75 minutes (could be split into two sessions)
Standards Addressed:
  • Science Standard 6: Understand relationships among organisms and their physical environment.
    • Benchmark 4: Know that changes in the environment can have different effects on different organisms (e.g., some organisms move in, others move out; some organisms survive and reproduce, others die).

  • Science Standard 11: Understand the nature of scientific knowledge.
    • Benchmark 5: Understand that models (e.g., physical, conceptual, mathematical models, computer simulations) can be used to represent and predict changes in objects, events, and processes.

  • Health Standard 2: Know environmental and external factors that affect individual and community health.
    • Benchmark 1: Know how the physical environment can impact personal health (e.g., the effects of exposure to pollutants).

  • Language Arts Standard 5: Use the general skills and strategies of the reading process.
    • Benchmark 3: Make, confirm, and revise simple predictions about what will be found in a text (e.g., uses prior knowledge and ideas presented in text, illustrations, titles, topic sentences, key words, and foreshadowing clues).

Materials Needed:
  • A copy or multiple copies of "prince william" by gloria rand
  • Overhead projector (optional)
  • One clear glass large bowl or baking

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
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Located in: Health

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