Lesson Plan

"What's that Slippery Mess?"      Water: 4-6 Grade

Ranger-led tram tour

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
Subject:
Aquatic Studies, Earth Science, Environment, Environmental Law, Health, Marine Biology, Oceans
Duration:
45 mins
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
indoors or outdoors
National/State Standards:
FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS
MA.4.A.6.6
SC.4.L.17
MA.5.A.1
SC.5.L.15
MA.5.A.6

Overview

The student will be able to: a) show ways oil spills can affect wildlife adversely, and b) point out possible negative consequences to wildlife, people, and the environment from human-caused pollutants and/or industry.

Background

Oil drilling has been proposed for Florida's Gulf Coast and in the Dry Tortugas. Oil spills in Big Cypress Preserve, which is adjacent to the western border of Everglades National Park, have occured. The Big Cypress Oil Spills Rrport documents that oil spills have occurred in Big Cypress. The Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010 has severely impacted the wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico and the livelihoods of many who live on the Gulf Coast. The potential for environmental damage from oil drilling in the Dry Tortugas, Florida's Gulf Coast, and the Big Cypress Preserve is a real and ever-present danger.



Additional Resources

http://www.nps.gov/bicy/oil-spill-response.htm

 

http://www.nps.gov/applications/digest/headline.cfm?type=Incidents&id=5058

 

http://www.nps.gov/ever/forteachers/4-6-activity-guide.htm

 

 



Vocabulary

Pollutant, Oil Spill, Resource Management