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Overview: The source for this lesson is Teach-nology.com
Oil spills have devastating consequences, both for the environment and for communities. In this lesson, students compare the Exxon Valdez spill with the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They look at similarities and differences in the way it happened, how it was contained, and how long it took (or will take) to repair the damage.
Objective: The student will be able to compare and contrast similarities and differences between the BP oil spill in the Gulf and the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska.
1) Computer with internet access.
2) Maps of Alaska and Gulf of Mexico. Students can find these online.
3) Presentation software (optional).
Start the lesson by asking students to name as many facts about the Gulf coast oil spill as they can. Ask who has heard the of the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska. If anyone has ask them what they know. Give the students a brief history of the Valdez spill. If possible show some news clips from that time.
Have students work in pairs (or alone) to investigate any similarities between both spills. Ask them to look at amount of oil spilled, effect on the ecosystems, cost of clean-up, media coverage, and public outcry.
They can organize their data in any of several ways. They can create a PowerPoint presentation or a poster size chart, write a report or give one orally.
On Edmodo or a class blog, students can respond to any number of prompts:
- What lessons were learned from the Valdez spill that helped contain the devastation of the spill in the Gulf?
- How can oil spills be prevented in the future?
Students should respond to at least two of their classmate’s posts for participation.