Plastic in the ocean is having a devastating effect on marine life. In this activity, you will learn about some of the impacts of marine plastic pollution and create a diorama, or poster, to use as an inspiration to reduce plastic use at home. This activity relates to science learning about human impact on the environment.
Find out just how much impact plastic pollution is having on marine life. There is more information on how ocean plastic harms marine life in the Find out more section as well as in the Student Sheets for each activity. Depending on the resources you have available you can either create a poster or a diorama.
To make a poster simply choose one of the animals listed in the Plastic threats information cards (downloadable from the What you'll need section) and use the information to create a visual display which shows how everyday carelessness and use of unnecessary plastic can harm ocean creatures.
The diorama activity described below guides students and families to create a more detailed view of the impact of plastic on the marine environment. Read through the steps below and have a look at the Plastic threats templates (downloadable from the What you'll need section), which will guide you through making your diorama.
As a warning, some of the imagery and facts relating to the impact of plastic on marine life may be distressing for younger children and teacher or parental discretion should be used.
The diorama activity steps below are just a guide, and feel free to use your own ideas and any materials to hand to achieve the objective of showing the impact of plastic pollution on marine life.
You can develop your understanding of the impact of plastic on the marine environment by using some of the Ocean Plastics Academy Teacher Resources. For ages 5-7, see the lesson What impact can plastics have?. Science and geography lessons for ages 7-11 are What impact can plastic have? Part one and Part two.
For older students, use the science lessons for ages 11-14, How does plastic affect the environment? and Plastics and bioaccumulation. For a geography focused lesson, use What is plastic and why is it a problem in the ocean?.
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