Oil Spill Resources

Oil Spill Educational Resources

This series of PowerPoints and hands-on activities is designed for teachers to use in their classrooms to help discuss the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Teachers can decide which activities and topics to include, download the appropriate PowerPoint, and then modify the PowerPoint according to their class level and the time available. Information for the teacher is included in the notes section of each Powerpoint. These notes can be printed by selecting the pulldown menu next to “Print what:” and selecting “Notes.”

To help guide you through these PowerPoints and activities, we encourage you to check out these SAMPLE UNIT PLANS. The “Full Unit” section incorporates all of the lessons below, while the “Just the Facts” section is an abbreviated tour of these lessons.

We would love to hear any suggestions that you may have or about relevant resources, so please post your comments


Credits: These resources are the result of a collaboration between a middle school teacher (Laura Dunbar), marine educators (Liesl Hotaling, Deidre Sullivan, and Chris Petrone), and a scientist (Carrie Ferraro).

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4 Responses to Oil Spill Resources

  1. Jody Plecas September 20, 2010 at 1:52 am #

    I don’t understand why, but I can’t see the Environmental Clean-up ppt, Oil in the Water, and get a message about a needing a text converter. Can anyone shed light on this? (NB it’s odd too because I CAN see the Wildlife Rescue.) Tks.

  2. Carrie Ferraro September 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    I’m really sorry about that, Jody, it should be fixed now. Thanks so much for letting me know.

  3. Laura Dunbar October 27, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    I decided to have the students explore oil in water a bit before they tried the cleanup lab. So I designed a simple student lab direction sheet for them to make some observations. Check it out here


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