This lesson is designed for a flipped classroom, where students learn new content by watching a video in their own time. This strategy provides the opportunity for students to build their knowledge, attitudes and values by themselves, thereby freeing up class time for hands-on work.
- understand the impact of plastic (especially plastic bags) on our environment
- understand some of the causes and consequences of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
- work independently to think critically and respond to a series of questions.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 Science:
- Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)
- Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE120)
Year 8 Science:
- Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE135)
Year 9 Science:
- People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE160)
Syllabus outcomes: SC4-11PW, SC5-13ES, SC4-12ES.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.8.
Time required: 30 minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently.
- Devices with earphones
- Student Worksheet
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Critical thinking