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Raise awareness through art

Grade Level Grades 7-9


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Activity: Debris

Description | 2 hours

Media: Follow along as British Columbian artist Pete Clarkson crafts a memorial to the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. Like so many people around the world, Pete was deeply affected by the disaster. See how he incorporates splintered and mangled timber and other objects from the Tohoku region into a unique public sculpture that connects Pete, his community and a people an ocean away.

Activity: Raising awareness through art - Students learn how others are transforming plastic into musical instruments to raise awareness about plastic pollution. Next they stretch their innovation skills and plan how to upcycle plastic materials into an instrument, they gather their materials and build a prototype.

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.

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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.

French 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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