5B: OCT 25 - A Plastic Ocean


Gyres, garbage patches, and the marine plastic journey - what happens to plastic that ends up in the ocean?


1) Watch the following videos: 

At Ocean Wise our mission is to inspire the global community to become Ocean Wise by increasing its understanding, wonder and appreciation for our oceans.

Nurdles are the tiny, factory-made pellets that form the raw material for every plastic product that we use, from toys to toothbrushes. And while they look pretty harmless on land, they can really wreak havoc on our oceans. Kim Preshoff details the nurdles’ quest for ocean domination, shedding light on the particular features that allow these pervasive polluters to persist for entire generations.

ACTIVITY - Discussion Post 

1) Reflect on the information you’ve covered in this activity to complete the 'Connect, Extend,Challenge' thinking routine below using the prompting questions to help you

How are the ideas and information presented CONNECTED to what you already knew?

What new ideas did you get that EXTENDED or pushed your thinking in new directions?


What is still CHALLENGING or confusing for you to get your mind around? What questions, wonderings or puzzles do you now have?

2) When complete, please post your discussion here (Please format discussion titles as follows; Activity Number: Blog Title, Your city, and your name(s)). Then contribute in commenting on at least 2 other discussion posts, to contribute to the national dialogue. Others experiences may reflect, or even challenge, your own. 

Discussion posts and comments you post are what will be used in the final paper! Be are clear, respectful and engaged in your responses as well as while commenting on others. Don't forget to ask questions!

Learning Objectives

Want to Learn More? 

These additional videos are here to add more context for your discussion post - have a watch and share what you've learned!

In the centre of the Pacific Ocean gyre researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues and are eventually consumed by us.

Blue is a feature documentary film charting the drastic decline in the health of our oceans. With more than half of all marine life lost and the expansion of the industrialization of the seas, the film sets out the challenges we are facing and the opportunities for positive change. Blue changes the way we think about our liquid world and inspires the audience to action. Along with the film is an ambitious global campaign to create advocacy and behaviour change through the #oceanguardian movement. To watch the film and become an ocean guardian, see the website.

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