edHelper.com
Caring for Earth
Oil Spill



Oil Spill
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.02

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    clean-up, seabirds, strainer, spills, spill, liver, shoreline, seals, whales, ship, sprayed, possible, cotton, kill, there, cause
     content words:    Exxon Valdez, Now Miss Pratt, Miss Pratt


Print Oil Spill
     Print Oil Spill  (font options, pick words for additional puzzles, and more)


Quickly Print - PDF format
     Quickly Print: PDF (2 columns per page)

     Quickly Print: PDF (full page)


Quickly Print - HTML format
     Quickly Print: HTML


Proofreading Activity
     Print a proofreading activity


Feedback on Oil Spill
     Leave your feedback on Oil Spill  (use this link if you found an error in the story)



Oil Spill
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     On March 24, 1989, there was an oil spill from a ship called the Exxon Valdez. At least eleven million gallons of oil spilled. More than a thousand miles of Alaska's shoreline were hurt by oil. It was very bad. Clean-up went on for years. So many seabirds, bald eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, killer whales, and salmon were killed.
 
2     Oil spills happen all over the world. They cause pollution. They ruin the homes of animals. They kill animals and plants.
 
3     There was going to be an oil spill today in Meg's class. How? Why? The children were going to be scientists. They had watched a movie about the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Now Miss Pratt, their teacher, wanted to show them what happened.
 
4     At each table, there was a pan of water. Each group of children named the water so it seemed real. They put plastic animals in there to look like real animals. The teacher came around and dropped colored vegetable oil into the water.
 
5     Just as in a real oil spill, they could see the oil on the top of the water. Now, the children had to get the oil out of the water. The important part was to leave as much water in as possible but get the oil out.
 
6     What did the class try? The children tried to get the oil out with two spoons. Then they tried to use cotton balls. Then they used paper towels. Then they used a strainer.
 
7     What did the children think? They thought this was hard. It was!
 
8     In real life, scientists sprayed hot water on the oil for a long time. Now they think this may cause harm too. Some scientists use high pressure cold water. They spray the water with hoses, trap the water, and suck up the oil. Some scientists use mechanical clean-up. Some put special bacteria in places to eat the oil.

Paragraphs 9 to 19:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable



Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!


Caring for Earth
             Caring for Earth


More Lessons
             Earth Day Activities, Printables, Worksheets, and Lesson Plans for Kids


Science
             Science


    Careers in Science  
 
    Caring for Earth  
 
    Clouds  
 
    Dinosaurs  
 
    Earth's Land  
 
    Earth  
 
    Earthquakes  
 
    Electricity  
 
    Energy  
 
    Erosion  
 
    Food Pyramid  
 
    Food Webs and Food Chain  
 
    Forces and Motion  
 
    Fossils  
 
    Health and Nutrition  
 
    How Things Work  
 
    Landforms  
 
    Life Science  
 
    Light  
 
    Magnets  
 
    Matter  
 
 
    Moon  
 
    Natural Disasters  
 
    Photosynthesis  
 
    Plant and Animal Cells  
 
    Plants  
 
    Rocks and Minerals  
 
    Science Process Skills  
 
    Scientific Notation  
 
    Seasons  
 
    Simple Machines  
 
    Soil  
 
    Solar System  
 
    Sound  
 
    Space and Stars  
 
    Sun  
 
    Tsunami  
 
    Volcanoes  
 
    Water Cycle  
 
    Water  
 
    Weather  
 


More Activities, Lesson Plans, and Worksheets


Back to School
Graphic Organizers
Alphabet Worksheets
Sight Words
Math Worksheets
Mazes
50 States
Education
Teaching

Monthly Themes
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Fractions
Place Value
Time and Calendar
Money
Earth Day
Solar System
Analogies
Nouns
Following Directions
Listening
Capitalization
Cursive Writing
Patterns and Sequencing
Dinosaurs
All About Me

Kindergarten
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade

Multiplication
Division
Main Idea
Cause and Effect
Measurement
Decimals
Rounding
Order of Operations
Verbs
Community Helpers
Adjectives
Plants
Grammar
Addition and Subtraction
Contractions
Bulletin Board Ideas
Word Searches
Crossword Puzzles
Printable Puzzles

Reading Comprehension
Reading Skills
English Language Arts





Copyright © 2014 edHelper