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New Standards-Based Curriculum Available!

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We are excited to announce the release of Nature’s Academy’s Standards-Based Curriculum, which was created as part of their Science Literacy Project as part of an effort supported by the NOAA Marine Debris Program.

Students cleaning up marine debris from a shoreline.

Students learn from Nature’s Academy’s curriculum and participate in a hands-on educational program as part of a project supported by the NOAA Marine Debris Program. (Photo Credit: Nature’s Academy)

This curriculum incorporates lessons on marine debris into a broader investigation that helps students make the connection between the various parts of an aquatic ecosystem, as well as understand how people can impact such environments. It is designed to be used by fifth-grade teachers that are participating in the Nature’s Academy hands-on educational program in Florida. It outlines the specific standards that are covered by the included lessons, provides background information meant to best prepare students and teachers for participation in the field trip activities, and includes comprehensive lesson plans that utilize the Nature’s Academy Citizen Science Database.

Although this curriculum is aimed at students and teachers participating in the field trip program, the materials provided may prove to be a useful resource for many educators that are working to prevent marine debris through education and outreach.

Check out the curriculum on the NOAA Marine Debris Program website.

Cover of the new Standards-Based curriculum from Nature’s Academy.

Check out the new Standards-Based curriculum from Nature’s Academy! (Credit: Nature’s Academy)

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.

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