Cover of the U.S. Virgin Islands Marine Debris Curriculum - Keeping Our Coastlines Clean

Students will investigate and learn about nearby watersheds and about the ridge-to-reef concept. Students will use this knowledge to investigate how marine debris gets into and moves around the ocean. They will look for evidence to determine the source (land or sea) of different types of marine debris.

Marine debris is a pervasive, global problem and one that is felt locally in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). Through a NOAA Marine Debris Program prevention grant, the University of the Virgin Islands adapted and revised marine debris lessons for USVI, including Oregon Marine Debris STEAMSSTurning the Tide on Trash, and Talking Trash and Taking Action. The curriculum was co-created with the input of educators from USVI who participated in workshops and provided input following in-class use. The curriculum also includes 15 spotlights, which highlight USVI-specific marine debris research, local researchers, community-led prevention efforts, and natural disaster impacts from marine debris.

Looking for more USVI activities? Check out Understanding Marine Debris - U.S. Virgin Islands Edition, an activity book filled with an assortment of puzzles, brain-teasers, and coloring activities adapted for use in USVI.

Lesson Plans
Marine Debris Topics:  
• Types and Sources  
Audience:  
• Grade 6-8  
• Grade 9-12  
NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas:  
• ESS3: Earth and Human Activity  
Subject:  
• Social Studies  
• Earth Science  
Special Categories:  
• Outdoor Activity  
• Class Discussion  
• Multimedia  
NOAA Regions:   • Caribbean
Last updated Wed, 07/03/2024 - 10:37 am EDT