Plastic in Our Oceans

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Describe what are microplastics and how are they generated
  • Identify why and how microplastics end up in the environment, in particular, our water bodies
  • Describe the negatives impacts of macro and microplastics in oceans
  • Identify how they can take action to eliminate microplastics from entering our water bodies

Curriculum Connections

3. E - Animal Life Cycles - 3–10 Describe the appearances and life cycles of some common animals, and identify their adaptations to different environments.
4. A - Waste and our World - 4–5 Recognize that human activity can lead to the production of wastes, and identify alternatives for the responsible use and disposal of materials.
7. A - Interactions and Ecosystems - 1. Investigate and describe relationships between humans and their environments, and identify related issues and scientific questions; 2. Trace and interpret the flow of energy and materials within an ecosystem; 3. Monitor a local environment, and assess the impacts of environmental factors on the growth, health and reproduction of organisms in that environment; 4. Describe the relationships among knowledge, decisions and actions in maintaining life-supporting environments
8. E - Freshwater and Saltwater Systems - 1. Describe the distribution and characteristics of water in local and global environments, and identify the significance of water supply and quality to the needs of humans and other living things; 4. Analyze human impacts on aquatic systems; and identify the roles of science and technology in addressing related questions, problems and issues
Social Studies
5.1.1 value Canada’s physical geography and natural environment:
demonstrate care and concern for the environment through their choices and actions
8.E1.3 assess the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on local and global water systems
Social Studies
4.B1.3 describe some key actions taken by both industries and citizens to address the need for more sustainable use of land and resources
6.B1.3 explain why some environmental issues are of international importance and require the participation of other regions of the world, along with that of Canada, if they are to be effectively addressed
8.A3.5 describe various ways in which human settlement has affected the environment

Length of Activity

2-3 hours

Materials List

  • Internet-enabled device
  • Student atlas/map of Canada
  • Topic Backgrounder

Online Lesson Format