Marine Debris Program, Educational Materials - NOAA,
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
A valuable set of materials which include puzzles, brain-teasers, coloring activities, and formal curricula for Grades 1-12. All materials are available for download and to print.An Educator’s Guide to Marine Debris
What We Know
Materials also available in Spanish
- Designed to scientifically engage middle and high school students in their communities through the lens of plastic pollution. Whether by the ocean or in the middle of the country, our single-use plastic trash ends up polluting our waterways, at great expense to our environment and ourselves
An Ocean Guardian School makes a commitment to the protection and conservation of its local watersheds, the world's ocean, and special ocean areas, like national marine sanctuaries. The school makes this commitment by proposing and then implementing a school- or community-based conservation projec
Ocean Race Sustainability Education Programme
(suitable for ages 6-12yrs)
The Ocean Race Sustainability Education Programme, the world's most extreme race, has put sustainability at its heart and is focusing on taking action to ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ – the rapidly growing and critical problem of plastic pollution in the ocean, highlighted by the United Nations Clean Seas campaign. The Ocean Race supports this much-needed campaign and the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Life below water), through their sustainability team, education programme and positive actions.
Wisdom, is the race mascot, based on a real life Laysan albatross from Midway Atoll in the Pacific, who guides students (aged 6-12 years) to discover the excitement of sailing through The Ocean Race, the importance of the ocean and how ocean plastic pollution is damaging our blue planet. Students also learn ways to combat ocean plastic pollution and how they can make a difference by becoming one of The Ocean Race Champions for the Sea!
There are five topics: 1) What is the Ocean Race? 2) What is Ocean Plastic Pollution? 3) How to reduce plastic pollution 4) My Positive Plastic Footprint. 5) Science & Sailing
The resources for each topic are currently available in English, Spanish, and French.
All education materials can be downloaded for free on learning.theoceanrace.com
Engineering for Good - PBS LearningMedia ™ California - The Plastic Problem - Ten Lesson plans based on Project Based Learning for developing solutions to the plastic issue.
Grades 5 - 12+
Algalita delivers science-based education to thousands of elementary, middle and high school students across SouthernCalifornia. We teach about the sources and impact of plastic pollution, and empower the next generation to reduce plastic waste in their schools and communities. We also host teacher training workshops and provide free, reusable Plastic Pollution Teaching Kits to educators. Get your kit or sign up for a workshop!
Save Our Shores
Offers educational programming that is grade level specific with curriculum NGSS aligned curriculum. Each grade experience includes two classroom visits and one beach field trip in the
Monterey Bay, CA area.
Educators and their students can search for a variety of resources to dive deeper into the topic of plastic ocean pollution and solutions. Resources types include lessons plans, pledges, programs, events, toolkits and more, and are organized under the main categories of Science, Solutions and Art in Action.
TeachWild - Marine Debris Education Kit
TeachWild is an enquiry based learning program addressing the impacts of marine debris on our marine environment. The program actively engages students in becoming citizen scientists and this includes hands-on learning in scientific methodology, data collection and analysis of marine debris. This data will be uploaded onto the TeachWild website to become part of the Australian National Marine Debris database. Download the PDF at the bottom.
Turning the Tide on Trash - A Learning Guide on Marine Debris - US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Oceans and Coastal Protection Division and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program
This interdisciplinary guide was designed to provide maximum flexibility in the classroom and includes lessons for
Grades 1 - 12.
Lessons by Grade Level UNIT ONE: The Definition, Characteristics, and Sources of Marine Debris Coming to Terms with Grades 1-6 Marine Debris Trash Traits Grades 1-6 A Degrading Experience Grades 5-8 Marine Debris – Grades 6-8 Data Mining Waste Inventory Grades 3-9 Sources of Marine Debris – Grades 5-9 From Street to Surf, From Hand to Sand UNIT TWO: The Effects of Marine Debris Marine Animals and Grades 2-4 Harmful Debris All Tangled Up Grades 1-4 How Harmful Is Grades 3-7 Marine Debris? UNIT THREE: Working Towards Solutions Nations and Neighbors Grades 4-7 A Scientific Cleanup Grades 9-12 Communicating for Grades 8-12 a Clean Future Taking Action Grades 5-12