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Ocean Confetti

The Challenge of Microplastics

Elementary

Description

Ocean Confetti introduces students to microplastics and how our plastic trash gets broken down into minuscule bits of plastic and ends up in the ocean. The video sends a clear message about the harm of microplastics to marine animals and how we all need to do our part to stop plastic pollution.

General Assessment

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This video is an excellent introduction to microplastics and our responsibilities in protecting marine wildlife and the environment. The video describes the uses and features of plastic that make it so useful to us has affected life in marine ecosystems. 

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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (1)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
  • Waste Management (2)

    • Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    • Source Reduction
  • Water (2)

    • Marine Environments
    • Water Quality