Plastic becomes a problem when it gets into the environment, but how does it get there?
What could the journey of a plastic bottle be from buying it, to drinking it and then throwing it away? In this activity, you will think about all the possible routes that a bottle could take, and how it could get into the environment. It is a great way to get creative and to use your geography skills.
This activity is all about the journey that plastic can take. You will need to think about what could happen to a plastic bottle after its been purchased. Use your imagination to come up with some creative story-telling and either create a story board or a digital map. For the story-board, there are two versions. One has suggested captions with some word gaps to complete. The other is blank to let your imagination roam free. Choose the one that is most appropriate for you or your child.
You can extend this geographical learning with full lessons from the Ocean Plastics Teacher Resources. For students aged 7 to 11, use the lesson Where are plastics? Part one. There is some background on the role ocean currents play in concentrating plastic pollution in, What is the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ really like? and the problems caused by the international trade in plastic waste in The global journey of plastic waste.
Cross-curricular | Ages 7-11
Ocean Plastic ages 7-11 unit is a KS1 teacher resource that introduces students to the issue of plastic pollution. Students study materials, their properties and are inspired to enact change in their communities.
Geography | Ages 11-14
Ocean Plastics Geography ages 11-14 unit is a KS3 teacher resource that introduces students to ocean plastic pollution. Students explore a variety of case studies in the UK, Africa and Asia.