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Education: Marine Debris Resources (Grades: 8-12)

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By: Leah Henry

For a flexible, stand-alone guide introducing the topic of marine debris to 8th through 12th graders look no further than Turning the Tide on Trash.

Our interdisciplinary education guide may also be used as a supplement to other subject area lessons. In ‘A Scientific Cleanup‘ we help students understand the effects of natural events and human influences on ecosystems. Students organize and conduct a cleanup of a local beach, lake, or stream and the lesson drives home the watershed connection; empowering students everywhere to investigate local litter solutions (Page 81 of Turning the Tide on Trash).

Additionally, The Educator’s Guide to Marine Debris (with a focus on the Southeast and Gulf of Mexico) used by both formal and informal educators, serves as a regional introduction to litter, abandoned and derelict vessels, and lost commercial and recreational fishing gear. These three marine debris issues are commonplace across many regions and the lessons in this guide may be adapted for a range of ages and locations. You can pair a lesson like ‘Speak Up and State Your Claim‘ (Page 30 of The Educator’s Guide to Marine Debris) with environmental, government, policy, or speech and debate lessons to provide a targeted topic that your students can research and discuss.

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

One thought on “Education: Marine Debris Resources (Grades: 8-12)

  1. Reblogged this on Vegan Heart | Carmen mandel and commented:
    Marine debris, such as plastic and ghost fishing gear, kill millions of sea-dwelling creatures. Education is key in forming responsible leaders. Great classroom resources.
    -Carmen

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