The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has enabled a "teachable moment" for science teachers that could continue into the fall. Teachers are using the spill as the basis for experiments, talking to students about how the native wildlife is being treated and even allowing students to come up with solutions for cleaning up the spill. Some students in Florida also are play-acting as government officials and scientists who are responding to the crisis, while in Connecticut, fifth-graders researched the disaster and made presentations at a schoolwide assembly.

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