Students examine the cause and size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. They will compare the scale of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to places they are familiar with. They are then asked to create an infographic sharing the information they have found.
- build an understanding of their personal impact on the planet by looking at how rubbish enters the marine environment.
- make comparisons between areas they know well and the estimated area of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 5 Science:
- Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE083)
- With guidance, plan appropriate investigation methods to answer questions or solve problems (ACSIS086)
- Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS093)
Year 5 Mathematics:
- Use a grid reference system to describe locations. Describe routes using landmarks and directional language (ACMMG113)
Year 6 Science:
- Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE100)
- With guidance, plan appropriate investigation methods to answer questions or solve problems (ACSIS103)
- Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts (ACSIS110)
Year 6 Mathematics:
- Solve problems involving the comparison of lengths and areas using appropriate units (ACMMG137)
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Syllabus Outcomes: ST3-6PW, ST3-4WS, MA3-10MG, MA3-17MG, MA3-9MG, MA3‑1WM, MA3‑2WM, MA3‑3WM.
Time required: 2 x 60 min lessons
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and facilitate discussion.
- Printed copy of Great Pacific Garbage Patch worksheet for each student (you may need extra maps of Australia if you live in a small state or territory)
- Internet access
- Access to student worksheets
Following this lesson plan is an ideal way for your school to introduce Zoos Victoria’s Seal the Loop program. You’ll be joining other amazing teachers in making a difference and creating positive environmental change. Go to Zoo Education Online to find further support for you to help you develop your own Seal the Loop program.