Campus Debris and the Ocean

Unit 2 of

In this lesson, students follow a scientific data collection procedure to collect and analyze debris at their school campus. They compare their results to a larger existing marine debris database in California, and make connections between campus debris and marine debris using the concept of watersheds. This activity is available for Grades 4-5, within the "Sources and Transport" unit. 

Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University created a comprehensive, web-based, Marine Debris Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, and Social Studies (STEAMSS) Curriculum with support from the NOAA Marine Debris Program. Marine Debris is a complex, real-world problem which can be addressed through the lenses of several different academic subjects. This curriculum integrates the subject areas of STEAMSS, focusing on experiential hands-on activities for students. The collected teacher-tested resources enable educators to create in-depth, project based learning (PBL) units, work with teaching partners across disciplines, and find classroom and field experiences that will help students explore the issue and impacts of marine debris and engage in stewardship actions. With this curriculum students collect and analyze data, address problems through engineering design, use technology and art to effectively convey stewardship messages, contribute to clean up efforts, and work with community partners. Access the teacher-tested, effective Marine Debris STEAMSS Curriculum here:

Marine Debris Topics:  
• Types and Sources  
• How to Help  
• Grade 3-5  
NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas:  
• ESS3: Earth and Human Activity  
• Language Arts  
• Art  
• Earth Science  
Special Categories:  
• Student Advocacy  
• Research  
• Outdoor Activity  
• Scientific Method  
• Action Project  
NOAA Regions:   • California  • Pacific Northwest
Last updated Thu, 05/16/2024 - 12:27 pm EDT