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Video: Preventing Plastic Pollution

Video: Preventing Plastic Pollution


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Grade Level Grades 6-8

About This Lesson

Plastic is durable and long-lasting, making it useful for packaging things like food, but not so good for the environment.  How is plastic debris impacting our oceans?

Grade level: 6-10
Length: 5.5 minutes
Next Generation Science Standards: MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4 (PEs); MS-ESS3.C (DCI); Systems (CCC)

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some of the benefits and drawbacks of plastic?
  2. What problems does plastic debris in the ocean pose for marine life, and why?

  3. What are some things people and communities are doing to address the problem of plastic debris in the ocean? What are some things you can do?

  4. What are some alternatives to plastic packaging that might be better for the environment?

  5. What do you think the saying ‘think globally, act locally’ means? How does this apply to the issue of plastic debris in the ocean?

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Healthy Oceans: Preventing Plastic Pollution | California Academy of Sciences
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