Our ocean in crisis 14-16

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Lesson overview

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.

Learning outcomes
  • 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
Lesson steps
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Ocean heroes (20 mins)
    Students are allocated an 'Ocean hero' to research and evaluate the importance of their work.
  5. 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.






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