The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of several garbage patches around the world where garbage accumulates naturally. As part of a GIS unit that combines oceanography, environmental science, and life science, class members investigate the composition of a garbage patch. The activity sets the stage for upcoming mapping exercises.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Research to see if there are any other large patches of garbage that have accumulated in one concentrated area
Classroom Considerations

  • If the Pacific Garbage Patch is an integral part of the instructional unit, you can allot more time to complete the lesson
  • The sixth portion of the nine-part unit,

  • The vocabulary section includes the definitions needed to teach the lesson
  • The assessment section has several questions that help lead the class discussion

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