Cover of Plastic Pollution and You: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum to Explore Our Role in Plastic Pollution.

In this activity, students will learn about the fundamentals of water treatment systems and the challenges that microplastic particles present to both waste and drinking water systems. By testing filters of different sizes with plastic particles of different shapes and sizes, the students will observe how the sizes of materials influence each other.

“Plastic Pollution and You,” published by New York Sea Grant, is a 15-lesson curriculum focused on marine debris sources, impacts, and solutions. These hands-on lessons and activities help students learn the different types of plastics, their impact on marine and freshwater ecosystems, and about ways to address and prevent plastic pollution. Interdisciplinary elements of this curriculum include policy research, environmental justice, and effective outreach and communication strategies. The curriculum is designed to be appropriate for multiple grade levels, meet New York State and Next Generation Science Standards, and align with several regional environmental action plans. Educators from New York who are interested in getting involved in future revisions to the curriculum can connect with New York Sea Grant through their website.

To learn more about “Plastic Pollution and You,” including an instructional webinar reviewing the units and lessons, visit the New York Sea Grant website.

Lesson Plans
Marine Debris Topics:  
• Types and Sources  
• Microplastics  
Audience:  
• Grade 3-5  
• Grade 6-8  
• Grade 9-12  
NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas:  
• ESS3: Earth and Human Activity  
• ETS1: Engineering Design  
Subject:  
• Earth Science  
Special Categories:  
• Multimedia  
• Scientific Method  
• Models  
NOAA Regions:   • Great Lakes  • Mid-Atlantic
Last updated Mon, 05/13/2024 - 02:00 pm EDT