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Lesson Guides & Resources

Helping teachers embed learning about plastic pollution into the curriculum

Lesson plans for teachers, by teachers

B efore we can expect anyone to protect the natural world, we need help them learn to love it first. Ideally, that would be done through first-hand experiences, but for obvious reasons that can be quite tricky!

So, we’ve compiled a load of visual resources that will hopefully help you bring the ocean, and some of it’s glorious inhabitants, into your classroom or onto your screen.

Where possible, we’ve tried to make the resources downloadable – so you can use them more flexibly.

We’ve also bundled up some resources for your convenience (see right) .

We hope you find these resources as awesome and wonderful as we do.

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Lesson Plans and Resources

KS2 Upper – Workshop 4 – Learning about plastic

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The final workshop in a series of four from The Environment Agency, focussing on human impact on the oceans, microplastics and how to conduct a survey in the field.
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KS2 Lower – Workshop 3 – Learning about plastic

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Third workshop in a series of four from The Environment Agency, focussing on collecting and presenting data, life cycles and alternatives to single-use plastic.
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KS1 Upper – Workshop 2 – Learning about plastic

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Second workshop in a series of four from The Environment Agency, focussing on animals, habitats and ocean plastics.
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KS1 Lower – Workshop 1 – Learning about plastic

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First workshop in a series of four from The Environment Agency, focussing on animals, what they eat and an introduction to issues around plastic pollution.
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KS2 Plastic Hazard

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A 'hands-on' (or should it be 'bands-on') practical lesson looking at how certain man-made material hazards (litter) can restrict an animal's ability to feed properly.
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KS2 Feeding Time

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A stimulating and practical KS2 lesson to demonstrate the problems plastic and other harmful materials might pose for beak feeding animals (who accidentally ingest them when they 'grab' feed).
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KS2 / KS3 Plastic Clever Transition Project – case-study

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Haydon School Eco Club Karen Norton and her students ran an amazing project with her Eco Club that not only raised awareness and understanding of the issues associated with single-use plastic,…

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#NObutts infograph

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Here is an infographic we've been working on for a while to raise awareness of cigarette butts, both as a source of plastic litter but also as a threat to our health and freshwater and marine life. We've split this infographic across 3 sides of A4 so that you can easily print them out and trim them before making a large version of this information for your classroom or display boards.
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100 Pieces of Plastic

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A Key Stage 1 maths lesson based round the collection of 100 pieces of plastic litter.
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Writing Ideas for KS1

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A KS1 lesson guide to develop writing skills within a range of different text types, including: poetry, persuasive writing, newspaper articles and more.
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KS2 Writing Ideas

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A KS2 lesson guide to develop writing skills within a range of different text types, including: poetry, persuasive writing, newspaper articles and more.
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The UN Global Goals

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A lesson guide that introduces the UN's Global Goals as a stimulus for learning about environmental and humanitarian issues, leading to the pupils thinking about they can contribute towards the Goals through their own actions and activities.
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Trash Islands

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A lesson that uses research about the Great Pacific Trash Island (gyre) to investigate the effects of plastic pollution.
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Pros and Cons

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A KS2 lesson that encourages pupils to consider the Pros and Cons of plastic before making and justifying a personal opinion about the positive and negatives associated with plastic.
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Plastic Quiz

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A hands-on activity that requires the application of knowledge and skills to classify a selection of products based on whether they contain plastic or not. The work on 'environmental impact', 'recyclability' and 'sustainability' make this a rich and engaging lesson.
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Plastic Recycling Process

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How is plastic recycled? And is all recycling a good thing? Just two of the themes covered in this KS2 lesson about properties and changes in materials.
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Plastic Pioneers

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An interesting lesson about the different groups / scientists that lead the early work that led to the creation of plastic, and how evidence is used to support or refute science.
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Plastic Facts

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A KS2 lesson that focuses on developing speaking and listening skills and how to use facts and figures during discussions and debates.
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Nappy Testing

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A practical investigation saturated with interesting science, and one that has a thought-provoking environmental follow up activity.
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Material Sort

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A KS2 lesson on exploring and classifying objects in different ways, such as by biodegradability and recyclability, and whether made-made or natural.
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Making Plastic – lesson resource

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Learn about the material that is plastic (it's properties, how it is made) and ask whether it is OK to discard items made from it.
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Making Plastic

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Learn about the material that is plastic (it's properties, how it is made) and ask whether it is OK to discard items made from it.
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Recycling Plastics

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A KS2 lesson guide that helps develop an understanding of key terms like 'recycling' and 'recyclable' through recording and interpreting, and classifying data.
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Decomposing Time

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A lesson idea to encourage investigative and enquiry skills around the theme of decomposition of different materials.
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Alternative Snacks

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After some tasty research and investigation into snacks and packaging, pupils create and then advertise their own (plastic clever) snacks to sell in school.
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100 Pieces of Plastic – lesson resource

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A resource to support the Key Stage 1 maths lesson guide '100 Pieces of Plastic'.
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Water Bottles – lesson guide

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A KS1 lesson that helps pupils to identify different types of plastic: single use vs reusable, and the skills associated with using data to answer questions and persuade.
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Plastic Recycling – lesson guide

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A lesson guide suitable for KS1 and KS2 that looks at the term 'recycling' and how this applies to (or not) different materials such as plastic.
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Plastic Hazards

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A lesson guide to help encourage an understanding of the hazards presented to natural environments and living things by plastic pollution.
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Reading Comprehension – lesson guide

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A reading comprehension lesson plan using the associated non-fiction text about plastic pollution.
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Reading Comprehension – text

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A non-fiction text about plastic pollution that supports the Reading Comprehension lesson plan.
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