Our ocean in crisis 11-14

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Lesson overview

This lesson challenges students to think about the potential myths we have been led to believe through selective media representation, by completing a true, false or uncertain activity. Students are then asked to think about the different motivations media outlets or organisations might have. Students conduct research about an ‘Ocean hero’ and create a poster outlining the impact of their work. The lesson is concluded by discussing the changes we can implement in our lives which will make a difference to the levels of marine plastics pollution.

Learning outcomes
  • Review prior knowledge of ocean plastic pollution
  • Recall facts about plastic pollution
  • Explain why it is important to know the validity of a source
  • Create an informative and interesting poster about a ‘Ocean hero’
  • Share knowledge and understanding of marine plastic pollution by making a pledge
Lesson steps
  1. Ocean plastic pollution (5 minutes)
    Students take part in a whole class discussion about ocean plastics pollution, share what they already know and consider where that information comes from.
  2. True, false or uncertain (15 minutes)
    Students 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.
  3. Media coverage (20 mins)
    Students are given a variety of news reports and asked to assess the reliability of each source. Students then consider what the motivation for interested parties might be to promote or embellish ideas.
  4. Ocean heroes (15 minutes)
    In groups students are allocated an ‘Ocean hero’ to research and create a poster outlining the impact of their work.
  5. Pledges (5 minutes)
    Students investigate what they can do to make a difference to plastics pollution and write a pledge to share on a classroom display.
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