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Plastic pollution in the oceans

Plastic pollution in the oceansOur throw away society is polluting large areas of the world's oceans with plastics, threatening marine life and food chains. How did it get there? What are the practical solutions? Is it time to re-evaluate waste as a resource?

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  • Challenge Overview Sheet PDF | MSWORD An overview of the challenge
  • Lesson one plan: Mapping the plastic pollution problem (the human and physical processes) PDF | MSWORD This lesson looks at plastic pollution in the oceans and how it is has developed through human factors and physical ocean processes. 
  • Fact Sheet and teaching notes PDF | MSWORD Containing an overview of the issues and points to be focused on in the lesson, this provides teachers with background information for the lesson and can be used as a summary resource sheet for students
  • PowerPoint: plastic pollution in earth’s oceans PPT | PDF
  • Student assignment PDF | MSWORD
  • Lesson two plan: Impacts of plastic pollution and possible solutions PDF | MSWORD This lesson looks at the impacts of plastics in the ocean and examines the different players in reducing plastic pollution, as well as looking at new approaches to waste management.
  • Fact Sheet and teaching notes PDF | MSWORD Containing an overview of the issues and points to be focused on in the lesson, this provides teachers with background information for the lesson and can be used as a summary resource sheet for students
  • Starter activity PDF | MSWORD
  • Article: The plastic global challenge PDF | MSWORD
  • Group discussion activity PDF | MSWORD
  • Exam Specification Overview PDF | MSWORD This document briefly summarises where the lessons link to each exam board specification (AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC and IB)

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