Water Pollution Cleanup

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How do scientists determine the best method for removing pollutants from our water sources? Environmental scholars experiment with pollution clean-up options to discover which are the most cost-effective, fastest, and most thorough. Groups review and discuss the methods, then execute their choices and record observations.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Show a video about the Exxon Valdez oil spill to incorporate a historical element into the lesson
  • Create an ocean oil spill model, then have individuals design methods for removing pollution on a larger scale
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils should be grouped in small teams to create their action plans
  • Print and laminate a large copy of the treatment methods grid for each group to use as they determine which methods of clean up are best
  • The project materials are easy to collect, assemble, and reuse
  • Teacher's guide includes printable materials, vocabulary, and guiding questions
  • Content is well-written and customizable to suit your learning goals
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Common Core