The Nurdles’ Quest for Ocean Domination

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Nurdles aren't the cute characters of a new children's cartoon, they are the tiny plastic pellets slowly polluting the world's water supply. Learn all about these little trouble makers with this short video that explores the impacts they're having river, lake, and ocean ecosystems across the globe.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use this source to supplement an environmental science lesson series on pollution
  • After viewing this video, have students work on a design project in which they develop methods for removing plastic from bodies of water
  • Integrate this resource into your flipped classroom, assigning the video as homework before holding a class discussion during the following class period
Classroom Considerations
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Fun animations are used to engage students in learning about plastic pollutants
  • A short assessment is included that offers four multiple choice and two free-response questions
  • Video can be viewed in classes from elementary through high school
  • Resource allows teachers to develop their own customized lessons based on the video
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