Quick summary: This lesson is designed for a flipped classroom, where students learn new content by watching a video in their own time. This strategy provides the opportunity for students to build their knowledge, attitudes and values by themselves, thereby freeing up class time for hands-on work.
- Students understand the impact of plastic (especially plastic bags) on our environment.
- Students understand some of the causes and consequences of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 Science
- Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
- Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE120)
Year 8 Science
- Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE135)
Year 9 Science
- People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE160)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC4-11PW, SC5-13ES, SC4-12ES.
Time needed: 30 minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently.
Resources required: Internet, laptops and earphones, Student Worksheet.
Key words: Waste, plastic, oceans, Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.