Plastic Trash and Wildlife
Students examine the negative effects of plastic solid waste on wildlife and consider what they can do to avoid adding to this problem. They collect plastic trash from a local waterway and categorize what they've found.
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Natural Resources and Synthetic Materials
All synthetic materials began as natural materials. An engaging lesson begins with a hands-on activity and an example of the type of research that scholars perform independently. Then pupils receive a topic and begin researching the...
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Designed
New Review Ocean Confetti!
Microplastics exist in our oceans from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Polluting the ocean with plastics creates these microplastics that are so durable they do not break down into organic materials. The video points out that scientists...
3 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Grocery Store Bans Plastic Bags
Learners participate in the paper vs. plastic bag debate, then read a news article about one grocery store that is banning plastic bags. In this current events instructional activity, the teacher introduces the news article with a debate...
2nd - 6th Social Studies & History
Turning the Tide on Trash: Marine Debris Curriculum
Seven pages of fascinating reading on marine debris preface the activities in this lesson plan. Four different activities are employed to simulate how the debris is distributed in the ocean and along beaches. Early ecology learners...
6th - 8th Science