Lesson H: Oil trap

During this lesson students will consider the importance of clean water by comparing the sediment samples from the two grab sites on Southampton Water taken during the Discover Oceanography boat trip. They will then investigate the environmental impact of oil spills and design and test methods for removing oil from seawater and preventing its dispersal.

You will need:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Lesson Presentation (main or extension)
  • Equipment for class practical
    • Trays
    • Vegetable Oil
    • Spoons
    • Pipettes
    • Paper towels and cotton balls
    • Lolly stick
    • Cling film
    • Sand
    • Grass
    • Balloons
    • Cork
    • Toothpicks
    • String
    • Elastic bands
    • Cooked rice (if possible).
  • Oil Spill Method Handout
  • Assessed Report Worksheet
  • Oil spill video

All of the presentations and files can be downloaded here. The student area of this website contains information about carrying out the practical experiment at home if they wish to do this as independent study. Below is some additional information on oil disasters, and an online game aimed at 5 to 8 year olds to educate them about oil spills.

Oil Disaster Info

ITOPF Oil Spill Game