Activity Introduction

Would you like to swim in an ocean or river full of rubbish and dirty water? Imagine what the creatures who call water home think about it! Create a poster reminding people to protect waterways.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Middle Primary Ages 7 – 9

Themes:

  • be creative 
  • think and connect 

Time required: 30 minutes 

Curriculum connections: English, Science, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Tips for Parents and Carers

Pollution caused by litter and waste contributes to the poor health of oceans and waterways. Raising awareness of environmental issues can help kids feel the motivation to make a difference in order to create environmental change.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

Who would want to live there?

Resources Required

 

Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Oceans Of Rubbish - Activity Instructions

Would you like to swim in an ocean or river full of rubbish and dirty water? Imagine what the creatures who call water home think about it! Create a poster reminding people to protect waterways.

Step 1. Watch the video The nurdles’ quest for ocean domination from the Cool Australia Waste Toolbox. Then, read the Plastic Pollution Factsheet. Make a note of anything that surprises you.

Step 2. Now you have this information, complete the Waste in the Water Worksheet by looking at the pictures, and writing what you SEE and FEEL for each image.

Step 3. Use all the information you’ve found to create a poster showing the difference between a healthy and unhealthy water ecosystem. Here is an example:

Taking It Further

  • Write a persuasive letter explaining why we need to protect waterways.
  • Create a poster showing a healthy and unhealthy on-land ecosystem, finding information from the Cool Australia Waste Toolbox.
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