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Oil Spills Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is an oil spill and what lasting impact does it leave in its wake? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to outline key facts about oil spills for students. An activity connects them with significant oil spills in our recent history.

Length

60 to 90 minutes

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'pollution'
  • list the causes and effects of oil spills

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7

Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

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