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Science
ELA
Grade
5

Plastics

How can we reduce the amount of marine debris entering our oceans?

Project Summary

Plastic is everywhere. Yet where does it go when we throw it away or try to recycle it? In this project students explore the most frequently used types of plastic, study how recyclable it is, and identify what happens to mismanaged plastic. They engage in a series of lessons, labs, and text-based discussions about plastics, interview local recycling and waste-management experts, and develop social media campaigns or public service announcements (PSAs) to educate their community on how to properly recycle plastic.