Materials List: Oil Spill Clean-Up

Each pair needs (be sure to use the same exact materials and amounts of liquid for each pair to ensure constant variables):

  • tubs or foil baking pans with water (x2 for each pair when they would like to choose different materials)
  • water
  • vegetable oil: amount depends on tray; use a 1:4 oil to water ratio
  • 2-3 different brands of cotton balls
  • 2-3 different brands of sponges
  • 2-3 different brands of paper towels
  • cotton swabs (such as Q-Tips)
  • eyedroppers
  • cocoa powder
  • spoons
  • 500 mL beakers
  • ruler
  • Oil Spill Clean-Up Worksheet
  • chart paper
  • blue food coloring (optional)

For the entire class to share:

  • poster paper
  • markers