Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This tuning in activity 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.

Following this lesson plan is an ideal way for your school to introduce Zoos Victoria’s Seal the Loop program. You’ll be joining other amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change. Go to Zoo Education Online to find further support for you to help you develop your own Seal the Loop program.

Learning goals:

  • Students explore marine debris.
  • Students build their thinking and questioning skills.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

This lesson can be used with all relevant learning areas of the Australian Curriculum. Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Time needed: 20 minutes.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently.

Resources required: Internet, laptops and earphones, Student Worksheet.

Key words: Marine debris, oceans, pollution, waste, impacts.


Teacher Worksheet

Quick summary: Students take responsibility for their own learning by watching a video on marine debris and completing a thinking routine. Use the digital share feature to send this worksheet to your students.

The Flipped Lesson

This lesson provides the opportunity for students to explore/build their current knowledge, attitudes and values about waste. While working independently, students are to view the video and complete the table below. Teachers will also gain insight from students’ responses which can be used to plan follow-up lessons from the Seal the Loop unit.

This visual thinking tool can be useful in examining how and why student thinking has changed based on learning specific content information. It also helps to develop their reasoning abilities and to recognise cause and effect relationships.

Our Debris Filling The Sea from GETREILLY on Vimeo (

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: How does rubbish end up in the ocean?

Watch the video and then fill in the table below.

Our Debris Filling The Sea from GETREILLY on Vimeo (


I used to think....

But now I think...


Make a list of three questions that you want to know the answer to:


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