In this lesson students will consider some of the myths in the media relating to ocean plastics by completing a true or false activity. They then analyse different news reports considering the motivations different organisations and media outlets may have. Students conduct research about an ‘Ocean hero’ and create a detailed career plan to emulate the achievements of their chosen hero. The lesson concludes with a class discussion about the changes they can implement in their lives which could make a difference to the levels of marine plastic pollution.
- Review prior knowledge of ocean plastic pollution
- Identify facts about ocean plastic pollution
- Analyse a variety of information about ocean plastic pollution
- Evaluate the work of a ‘Ocean hero’
- Share knowledge and understanding through making a pledge
- Ocean plastic pollution (5 mins)
Students take part in a whole class discussion about ocean plastics pollution, share what they already know and consider where that information comes from.
- True, false or uncertain (10 mins)
Students to play a game of true, false or uncertain where they are presented with a ‘fact’ and must discuss with their partner whether it is true, false or uncertain.
- Media coverage (20 mins)
Students read a variety of news reports and working in pairs they analyse the reliability of the news report and the source.
- Ocean heroes (20 mins)
Students are allocated an 'Ocean hero' to research and evaluate the importance of their work.
- Pledges (5 mins)
Students investigate what they can do to make a difference to plastics pollution and write a pledge to share on a classroom display.