Ocean Plastics Geography 11-14 is a full unit of work aligned to the Geography Key Stage 3 programme of study. The lessons address the issue of marine plastic pollution, the harm caused by plastics to the environment and communities, how we deal with all the waste, ending with a debate on approaches to reducing ocean plastic pollution. Fieldwork templates for investigating plastics in the local area are included as well as a wealth of case studies exploring both the human and physical elements of plastic pollution.
Part of:Common Seas Ocean Plastics Academy
Students explore the fabled ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ understanding the human and physical processes that have created it.
Students investigate what plastic are and a range of the environmental impacts caused by plastics in the ocean.
Students visit Lamu in Kenya to discover the economic and social impacts of marine plastic pollution through a tourism case study.
Students understand the enormity of the amount of plastic being manufactured and investigate solutions such as recycling and new economic models.
In this lesson students explore how recycling plastic is not just a domestic issue, but one of interconnected global trade and crime.
In this lesson, students engage in a silent debate to evaluate different initiatives to tackle the issue of marine plastic pollution.
A decision-making exercise using information from the silent debate, makes up half of this end of unit assessment.
This lesson provides a framework for conducting plastics fieldwork in the school grounds. Lesson 9 takes this fieldwork into the local area.
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