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Language Arts, Geography, Social Studies, Science
Students read about oil spills and the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. They geo-locate the Deepwater Horizon spill and use a diagram to investigate the diversity of flora and fauna in the Gulf of Mexico. Then students discuss how oil adversely affects wildlife, watch a video and read an article about wildlife relocation, and discuss the ethics and possible environmental repercussions of animal relocation.
4 - 8
Students research five species of sea turtles and compare and contrast their size, diet, habitat, range/distribution, and reproduction. Students use a map of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to discuss how sea turtles are affected by oil. Then they watch a video about nest relocation and discuss the pros and cons of relocating wildlife during human-induced environmental disasters.