The Problem of Plastic Trash Islands

Trash collection can be a hassle, especially out in the ocean. The second of four parts in the Adrift in a Sea of Plastic unit has pupils research plastic trash islands in marine ecosystems. They investigate why they occur and potential solutions to the problem, then create a presentation of their findings.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Team up with an English teacher for the research portion of the project
  • Invite an environmental scientist to talk about issues regarding ocean pollution
Classroom Considerations
  • Scholars need access to Internet or newspaper articles
  • Includes a sample presentation for the class to reference
  • Lists some possible lesson extensions
  • None