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
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 project.
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+
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.
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