Deaf Ed Classroom Activity: Oil Spills

by | Apr 16, 2021

Oil Spills

Interactive Earth Day Activity in ASL

Did you know that the first earth day started because of an oil spill off the coast of California? Oil spills have a tremendous impact on our environment. When there is oil floating atop the ocean many birds and fish will accidentally ingest the oil, which also covers their bodies. We may not be able to prevent all oil spills, but people have found a solution.

Watch Dr. Wooten and Dr. Spiecker perform an experiment showing what happens when there is an oil spill, and how we can resolve the issue. You can find the instructions below!


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What You’ll Need
  • A jar that can close
  • Water
  • Cooking oil
  • Soap
 How to Do it
  1. Fill the jar with water
  2. Pour in some oil and let it sit to see what happens
  3. Add soap to the water, close the jar, and shake it.


Impact on Marine Life

You and your students have seen what happens in an oil spill and how these disasters are cleaned up. Did you know, this is very similar to how washing your hands to prevent germs from spreading works.

Are you looking for more Earth Day activities? Check out Dr. Wooten and Dr. Speicker’s activity about ocean acidification.

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