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Plastic in our waterways

Subject ScienceSocial StudiesGeography
Grade Level Grades 9-10


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Activity: The plastic cycle

Description | 1 hour

Media: Plastic is everywhere, and as water and carbon cycle around the planet, plastics cycle around too. This interactive infographic outlines how plastic moves through the environment. First, learn about the plastic cycle. Next, dive into an ecosystem to discover how plastic enters the food chain.

Activity: Comic - Using facts and images from the interactive experience, students use their communication skills to create a comic that illustrates their understanding of how plastic cycles through the environment.

Want a Google Slides version? We offer a Google Slides version of the activity, a Microsoft Powerpoint version of the activity, and a PDF version of the activity on the Ocean School website.

See the media Each activity is linked to a piece of media. You can watch the augmented reality interactive by visiting the Ocean School website or by visiting the direct link here. If you like this activity you can see all of the available resources in the Ocean School Resource Catalogue. Everything in Ocean School is provided free to the public.

About Ocean School

This is a free educational resource from the Canadian Government about the ocean, through the Ocean Frontier Institute at Dalhousie University and the National Film Board of Canada. Ocean School provides free, media-rich, ocean-based resources in multiple subjects for students in grades 5–12. Created by educators, scientists and storytellers, these interactive learning materials help students understand our influence on the ocean and the ocean’s influence on us.


This resource is available in French.

Please note: Ocean School activities are not stand-alone lessons (they do not cover all aspects of one topic or subject) but instead supplement learning through dynamic and engaging experiences.


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