Plastic Lid Pollution
Even seemingly unimportant and small pieces of plastic, such as this straw and cup lid, can lead to big trouble for animals since they take so long to breakdown.
Photograph by Rebecca Hale.
This lesson outline provides suggestions for how to use existing National Geographic resources about plastic pollution in the classroom. Choose one or more from each section to build a lesson perfect for your learners. Students will learn about the types of plastic debris that collects in the sea and how ocean currents have caused the development of phenomena like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Emphasize to the class the importance of reducing plastic pollution in the ocean.
Students will be able to…
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Read About Plastic Pollution:
One way we learn about ocean plastic is through understanding how plastic collects and moves in the ocean. Conduct an exploration of this phenomenon by utilizing the following resources:
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Associated Standards National
(MS-ESS2-4) Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
(MS-ESS3-1) Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
(MS-ESS3-3) Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing human impact on the environment.