Plastics 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 negative impacts of macro and microplastics in oceans
  • Identify how they can take action to eliminate microplastics from entering our water bodies     

Curriculum Connections

Grade 8 Unit E: Freshwater and Saltwater Systems 
  • 4. Analyze human impacts on aquatic systems; and identify the roles of science and technology in addressing related questions, problems and issues 
Biology 20, 30 All Units
  • STS outcome (science, technology and society): explain how science and technology have both intended and unintended consequences for humans and the environment 
Grade 9 Biology (B1.2, B2,4, B3,5) 
Grade 9 Geography
  • B1. The Physical Environment and Human Activities: analyse various interactions between physical processes, phenomena, and events and human activities in Canada.
  • C1. The Sustainability of Resources: analyse impacts of resource policy, resource management, and consumer choices on resource sustainability in Canada 

Length of Activity

2 hours

Materials List

  • Internet-enabled device
  • Topic backgrounder
  • Eco 360 notebook (we recommend asking learners to maintain a notebook for this program to write down reflections as they go through the program)

Online Lesson Format