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Marine Litter

Elementary, Middle


UN Environment has partnered with Sherman's Lagoon creator Jim Toomey to produce a series of short clips about ocean conservation. In this video, Jim “talks trash” as he describes the impacts of garbage on marine animals. While students learn about this major environmental issue, they will also realize that it can be easily solved through conscientious choices about what we buy and what we throw away.

General Assessment

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This resource offers an excellent introduction to middle school lessons examining marine ecosystems, pollution and recycling. It can also be used to support science discussions about properties of materials. The video provides many opportunities for student-led action projects. A class could host a local beach clean up or organize a garbage sweep of their school yard.  A great visual art installation could have the class collecting plastic trash from school lunches and using this garbage to create art pieces that promote reuse and recycling.

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Themes Addressed

  • Citizenship (1)

    • Community-Building and Participation
  • Ecosystems (1)

    • Wildlife Protection
  • Waste Management (1)

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

    • Marine Environments