Subjects & Disciplines
- Investigate solutions to the ocean plastic waste crisis.
- Create a contact plan to reach out to their target audience and invite them to your class’ final presentation.
- Apply scientific principles to design a method that will reduce their target audience’s plastic-related impact.
- Determine the target audience for their magazine.
- Use their rubrics to compare and evaluate competing solutions.
- Summarize the five most promising solutions in writing.
- Research proposed solutions to the ocean plastics crisis.
- Construct a rubric to evaluate competing design solutions based on jointly developed and agreed-upon design criteria.
- Compare the strengths and weaknesses of different ocean plastics solutions.
- Project-based learning
- Cooperative learning
- Experiential learning
21st Century Student Outcomes
- Information, Media, and Technology Skills
- Learning and Innovation Skills
- Life and Career Skills
- 21st Century Themes
Critical Thinking Skills
Science and Engineering Practices
- Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
- Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
- Engaging in argument from evidence
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Connections to National Standards, Principles, and Practices
What You’ll Need
The resources are also available at the top of the page.
- Internet Access: Required
- Internet access: Required
- Tech Setup: 1 computer per pair, Color printer
The Call to Action Graphic Organizer and Call to Action Graphic Organizer Example should both be printed double-sided, with one copy per publishing team.
The Call to Action Graphic Organizer Example should be printed in color, if possible, to increase clarity and readability of the highlighted sections.
- Jigsaw grouping
- Large-group instruction
- Small-group learning
- Small-group work
Recommended Prior Lessons
person who strongly and actively supports an issue or point of view.
observers or listeners of an event or production.
to prohibit or not allow.
standard of conduct.
social group whose members share common heritage, interests, or culture.
limitation or obstacle.
set of standards or rules.
having to do with money.
early version or model.
processes involved in the production or manufacture of a good or service.
use of resources in such a manner that they will never be exhausted.
following an orderly method or plan.
collection, transport, and destruction or storage of garbage and byproducts.
For Further Exploration
Articles & Profiles
- National Geographic: Biodegradable Bags Buried for Three Years Still Work
- National Geographic: What You Need to Know About Plant-Based Plastic
- National Geographic: Plastic Bag Bans Are Spreading. But Are They Truly Effective?
- National Geographic: How Do Plastic Straw Bans Work?