Oceans for beginners

Cross-curricular | Ages 7-11

This series of three lessons sets the scene for students who are about to commence the Ocean Plastics 7-11 unit, or as a standalone unit to introduce the idea of ocean literacy.

The lessons introduce students to the awe and wonder of the ocean and its inhabitants building a love for marine wildlife and a desire to protect it. The unit goes on to explore some of the many ways we depend on the ocean, from food to livelihoods. Finally, this unit introduces students to what is meant by marine plastic pollution and encourages students to take a thoughtful and critical approach to the information they receive from the media.

At the end of these three lessons students will be fully prepared to embark on the full Key Stage 2 unit Ocean Plastics 7-11.

Lesson 1: Our wonderful oceans 7-11

This lesson introduces students to the marine habitat and the diversity of life found in the ocean.

Lesson 2: Our ocean and us 7-11

Students learn about how we use the sea (known as ecosystem goods and services) through a quiz and reflect on how dependent we all our on the ocean.

Lesson 3: Our ocean in crisis 7-11

In this lesson students share what they already know about marine plastics pollution and reflect on the validity of sources of information.

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