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Oil Spill [Teacher Version]


November 2010

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig exploded on April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico. As a result of the explosion, eleven lives were lost, and millions of gallons of oil were spilled into the Gulf damaging hundreds of miles of coastline and harming wildlife. The well was capped in June 2010, but the debate rages on over how much oil actually spilled into the coastal waters. The Teacher Notes are packed with instructional guidance and additional resources to help you engage your students in this activity.

Note: This PDF was updated April 2011.

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Oil Spill (Student Version)

Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Data Analysis & Statistics
Connections / Applications
Lesson Plans
Fractions / Decimals / Percents / Rational Numbers
Problem Solving / Problem Posing
Ratios / Proportions