Plastics in the Environment

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Describe the amount of plastic waste currently found in the environment
  • Identify the areas of environment most impacted by plastic waste
  • Describe how plastic waste affects the land, air and 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
Grade 9 Unit C: Environmental Chemistry
  • 1 - Investigate and describe, in general terms, the role of different substances in the environment in supporting or harming humans and other living things

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 (B2.3, B2.4)

Length of Activity

1.5 - 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