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All the Way to the Ocean

Elementary

Description

Friends, Issac and James, embark on a discovery adventure as they learn how the careless act of tossing a plastic bottle into a storm drain contributes to the huge marine litter problems that are impacting our oceans. The journey becomes personal when they learn their favourite beach is closed due to pollution and they are motivated to become part of the solution. In the words of the theme song of this delightful animated film, Issac and James soon realize “I can change the world with my own two hands”.

General Assessment

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This animated film appeals to young learners as it introduces concepts associated with the relationship between humans and the environment. The video supports science and social studies outcomes related to healthy water systems, non-point source pollution, and responsible behaviour in caring for our planet.

The story also establishes a framework for classroom projects focused on sustainability and conservation. James and Isaac learn that individual action can collectively result in significant benefits. A class could follow their lead by organizing a school-yard clean-up or adopting and improving a community green space that has been neglected. Older students could create a class map following the flow of water from a local watershed to the ocean and use the information to raise awareness about how products poured into storm drains can impact streams, rivers and marine ecosystems.

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Themes Addressed

  • Citizenship (1)

    • General Guide to Taking Action
  • Waste Management (1)

    • Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Water (1)

    • Marine Environments