What are Plastics?

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Understand plastics, their history and application in life
  • Describe the life cycle of plastics
  • Apply research skills to investigate a question 
  • Understand how much plastic waste ends up in the environment

Curriculum Connections

Grade 7: Unit A Interactions and Ecosystems
  • 1 - Investigate and describe relationships between humans and their environments, and identify related issues and scientific questions
Grade 9: Social Studies 
  • 9.2.5 - How does individual consumer behaviour impact quality of life (e.g., environmental issues)?
Grade 9 Geography 
  • E1. The Sustainability of Human Systems: analyze issues relating to the sustainability of human systems in Canada (FOCUS ON: Interrelationships; Geographic Perspective)

Length of Activity

60 - 90 minutes

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)
  • Life Cycle of Plastics Worksheet
  • Life Cycle of Plastics Infographic

Online Lesson Format