Oily Experiments

Lesson Overview

Oil has unique characteristics that make it both useful for people and dangerous to ecosystems.


  • Students will examine the basic characteristics of oil.
  • Students will identify how oil affects a variety of materials.
  • Students will understand how the characteristics of oil make it difficult to clean up and dangerous for ecosystems.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
Subject: Chemistry, Physical Science, Oil Spill Response
Concept: Cause and Effect, Scale Proportion and Quantity, Stability and Change
Type: Classroom, Experiment
File type: lesson plan
Standard: MS-PS1-1, MS-PS-1-3
Duration: 30-45 Minutes, 45-60 Minutes

File Type: pdf
Categories: Lesson Plans
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