How Can We Clean Up an Oil Spil?

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8
Organization:American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT); Science Friday
Publication Date:2015
Summary:Do you want to try cleaning up an oil spill yourself? This experiment will help you understand why it is such a difficult task. All of the tools you will need are environmentally friendly and easy to find. By the end of this lesson, students should be able to: determine which sorbents best absorb oil from fresh and salt water; make careful observations; and draw conclusions based on their observations.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS3-3; MS-ESS3-4
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
Subjects: chemistry; environment; oceans; oil and gas; pollution; water
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