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Cleaning Up the Plastic Beach (Middle/High School Version)

Grade Level Grades 6-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan


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In this lesson, the music and visuals of the Gorillaz album Plastic Beach is used to introduce students to the issue of plastic waste. Students are asked to calculate the percentage of plastic that goes unrecycled internationally, and illustrate a model of polyethylene to better understand why the molecular makeup of plastic creates both benefits and drawbacks. Finally, they evaluate various projects that are currently being undertaken to curb plastic waste, and develop their own similar program or project that they could employ on a local level.

Materials required for this lesson:

  • Colored pencils
  • Sketch paper


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