Deaf Ed Classroom Activity: Pollution & Marine Life

by | Apr 15, 2021

Pollution & Marine Life

Interactive Earth Day Activity in ASL

Did you know your everyday activities can have an impact on marine life? In this activity, Dr. Alicia Wooten and Dr. Barbara Spiecker show us how ocean acidification can impact animals like crabs or clams.

Watch Dr. Wooten and Dr. Spiecker perform an experiment showing what can happen to an exoskeleton living in high acidity. You can find the instructions below!


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What You’ll Need
  • Two Cups
  • Two Raw Eggs
  • Vinegar
  • Water
 How to Do it

Living in an acidic environment can have a negative impact on marine life. You can compare what happens to an exoskeleton in a healthy vs. acidic environment if you:

  1. Fill one jar with water
  2. Fill one jar with vinegar
  3. Place a raw egg in each jar
  4. Wait for 5-7 days
  5. Remove each egg and compare!


Impact on Marine Life

You and your students have seen what can happen to a crab’s shell if it lives in a polluted ocean. With weaker shells it is more difficult to protect themselves against predators.  

Carbon Dioxide isn’t the only way humans have impacted the ocean. In their next activity, Dr. Wooten and Dr. Spiecker explain why oil spills are so devastating, how they’re cleaned up, and why you should wash your hands!

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