A video that discusses the impact of plastic pollution on the environment.
Students learn about the consequences of emissions from plastic manufacturing, how plastic is made and the steps to reduce plastic pollution.
Eye-catching graphics accompany this video.
Highlights the effects of plastic pollution on public health.
Explains why recycling plastic is not an adequate solution.
Students should know about climate change.
Students should know what fossil fuels are.
There is a commercial in this video.
Teachers can use from 1:23-2:10 of this video to explain the relationship between plastics and fossil fuels and how plastic is made to 3rd-5th graders.
Teachers can use from 4:09-6:23 to further explain the impact of plastic pollution.
Part 5:14-5:25 can be played as an introduction to a discussion about the effects of emissions on public health.
Teachers can use 6:25-8:31 to open a class discussion about plastic recycling and its role in mitigating or aggravating plastic pollution.
Click here for a guide to reduce plastic use while shopping.
Click here for more on humans' impact on the environment.
Click here for an StC lesson plan on Cancer Alley.
This resource is suitable to inspire students' curiosity to understand the plastic production process and the need to advocate for companies to pay for the environmental and social costs of plastic production and pollution. This is recommended for teaching.
English Language Arts
Speaking & Listening (K-12)
11-12.SL.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, perspective, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
HS.ESS3.5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth’s systems.
Social Science Analysis (K-12)
6.27 Assess individual and collective capacities to take action to address local and regional issues, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.