Health Risks of the BP Oil Spill

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Health Risks of the BP Oil Spill


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This free video resource from PBS LearningMedia teaches students about the ecological damage and health concerns for the people who were exposed to the BP oil spill and dispersants. In this video segment adapted from Need to Know, meet a fisherman who became a cleanup worker on the 2010 BP oil spill and then developed health problems. Learn about concern over the health and safety of cleanup workers because of the amount of oil and dispersant they were exposed to and the duration of exposure.

This alignment results from the ALEX Health/PE COS Resource Alignment Summit.

Content Standard(s):
Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 6
6.1.4) Examine how personal health and wellness are affected positively or negatively by an individual's surroundings.

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 7
7.2.2) Explain how communities can affect personal health practices and behaviors.

Examples: public policies regarding water pollution, air quality, tobacco use

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 8
8.1.2) Analyze how the environment, family history, personal behaviors, and health care can affect individual healthful living.

a. Describe ways to reduce or prevent injuries and illness in adolescents as it pertains to family history, personal behaviors, and health care.

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 9-12
Health Education
HE.7.1) Analyze the role of individual responsibility for enhancing health.

a. Describe healthy practices and behaviors that will maintain or improve the health of self and others.

Examples: effective communication skills and safety techniques, reading and understanding medicine labels, immunizations, wellness checkups and compliance

b. Identify negative behaviors that increase health risks to self and others.

Examples: distracted driving, drinking and driving, illegal drug use, vaping, smoking, unprotected sex, behaviors resulting in intentional or unintentional injuries, poor eating habits, physical inactivity

c. Compare and contrast the responsibilities of both parents in teen parenting.

Examples: shared responsibilities; social, financial and educational challenges

Tags: health risks, oil spill, pollution
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Partnered Event: Health/PE COS Summit
AccessibilityVideo resources: includes closed captioning or subtitles

This short video also has background reading and discussion questions in the support materials.

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Author: Michelle Frye
The event this resource created for:Health/PE COS Summit