5e Lesson Plan
Teacher: Kimberley Powell, Layna Kirchner, Tiska Rodgers, Nicole Larue
Unit: What’s In Your Water? Lesson Title: Oil Spill Fill In
Time: 20- 30 min
State Framework(s) or Standard(s) or Benchmark(s):
Goal 1.4. Use technological tools and other resources to locate, select and organize information
Objective: What will your students be able to do by the end of class?
Read a news article for information
Assessment: How will you know concretely that all Key Points: What three to five main ideas or steps will
of your students have mastered the objective? you emphasize in your lesson? May also include key
questions to ask during instruction
Students will complete a worksheet Skills Review of Reading for Information
Engage: Get the students’ minds focused on the Materials
topic (discrepant event, picture, question, etc). You
may also assess prior knowledge
Show picture of oil spill from top of WS and Oil Spill Fill In Worksheet
review what it is and how we know.
Explore: Teach the concept. Include interaction
Explain: Provide students with a common Materials
between teacher and students
Show website onfor content if needed.
Discuss reading SMARTBoard. Allow SMARTBoard or projector
students to go to board and find answers to
different questions in the article. http://topics.nytimes.com/
Elaborate: Students apply information learned in Materials
Evaluate: How will you know the students have Materials
learned the concept?
Students will complete the worksheet with a
score of at least 20 of 24 correct answers.
Gulf Oil Spill Fill-In
By KATHERINE SCHULTEN
Directions: Use the Background given in the
Times Topics page overview on the Gulf oil
spill to fill in the article below. It’s a useful
summary of what’s happened since the April
20 explosion, and we’ve removed words that
are key to understanding the details and
magnitude of the disaster.
nasa.gov The oil spill moving toward the Mississippi Delta on April 29.
An explosion on April 20 aboard the Deepwater Horizon, a drilling rig working on a well for the oil company
BP one mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, has led to the largest oil spill in the history of the
_________. After a series of failed efforts to plug the leak, government and company officials say _________
will likely continue flowing until a relief well cuts off the gusher, an event expected sometime in _________.
In late May, the government estimated that between _________ and _________ barrels a day of oil are
escaping, meaning that in the month after the blast, more than twice as much oil had been released as flowed
from the wreck of the _________, which spilled about 250,000 barrels of oil into Prince Williams Bay in
Alaska in _________. A containment cap put in place in early June began collecting _________ barrels of oil a
day, even though much of the oil continued to flow through valves on the cap that had not been closed, raising
new questions over just how the big the spill is.
The Coast Guard commander, Adm. Thad W. Allen, said on June 7 that it could take _________ to deal with
the effects of the spill, in part because it had broken into hundreds of thousands of patches, spread from
_________ to _________.
By late May, Louisiana officials reported that up to 100 miles of coastline had been “oiled,” and the spill had
begun seeping into environmentally fragile _________. In early June, oil reached the _________ of Mississippi
and Alabama and threatened Florida.
On June 1, the Justice Department announced that it would begin a _________ investigation of the spill, to
determine if any of the parties involved — _________, which was leasing the rig, which made it liable for the
spill’s damage; _________, which owned the rig; and _________, which was involved in the effort to seal the
well that preceded the blast — had violated _________ laws. Congressional investigators were told of sharp
conflicts in the hours before the blast, which killed _________ workers, over how to handle the capping of the
well, and uncovered evidence of missed _________ signs. An internal memo showed that BP had chosen the
_________ of two methods of capping, despite worries about the risks involved.
As the weeks dragged on and BP failed repeatedly to plug the leak, the spill grew into a major political
challenge for _________. It upended the debate on his proposal in March to expand _________ — he halted
virtually all drilling projects in late May — and seemed to derail a bipartisan attempt at energy and climate
legislation in the Senate. The spill and its aftermath also brought to light the enduring laxity of _________
regulation of offshore operations and led to plans to revamp the branch of the Interior Department responsible.