Plastic Pollution vs Solutions Program

For 3rd Grade Students

Being part of the solution for plastic pollution is to educate everyone’s attitude toward plastic. This program aims to cultivate students’ awareness and sensitivity to the environment that’s been polluted by plastics through a journey of discovery.

Plastic Pollution vs Solutions Program brings an opportunity for young generations to discover the plastic world we live in, and become aware of its impact on humans, marine animals and the ocean environment. Recognizing human impact toward the environment enhances the understanding of coexistence between human and the environment. Through learning and exploration, students’ caring and responsible characters will flourish, and they are empowered to take actions to prevent plastic pollution with the heartfelt connections they developed.

“They are very interested in helping the planet now!”

- 3rd Grade Teacher

Program provides teachers with teaching instructions including class powerpoint and video materials. Program provides students a program t-shirt, Action to Go Reusable Items, participating certificate and a program book, which include the six comprehensive units listed below.

Unit 1: Material World, Plastic World

This unit starts by teaching the students about plastic material, how it was developed from societal advancement in order to fit human needs, where our desires and demands have led to this unforeseen materialist plastic world. Guide students to realize how closely related plastic is to our lives and it’s beyond their imagination. Encourage students to think critically regarding the impacts plastics have on us and the environment, in relation to the individual behaviors that we should be aware of.

Unit 2: Plastic and Marine Animals

After learning about the plastic material and plastic world that humans have created, students start to realize the impacts of plastic pollution in our environment. From marine debris, students are guided to build understanding on how plastic harms the marine animals in this unit, which fosters sympathy and empathy. Students are motivated to care and help these adorable animals and will look forward to understand plastic pollution situation in the ocean.

Unit 3: Plastic or Planet

After planting at the edible garden, students will observe the growth and development of some of the faster growing vegetables and herbs. Building upon prior knowledge students will learn how to provide a healthy environment in their garden for their plants, the small critters living in it, and the people who will be working and eating from it!

Unit 4: Watch Out, Don’t Litter

This unit brings students to think critically about the root cause of the plastic pollution. Students will be able to determine the proper and improper actions toward plastic use and disposal. They are encouraged to make the right choices from the care and responsibility they developed for the environment throughout the program.

Unit 5: Be the Solution, Not the Pollution

All living beings share a symbiotic relationship with our only earth. Plastic pollution is caused by all humans and requires everyone to take action to solve this problem. In this unit, students will be learning no matter how severe the crisis is, there is always hope cultivated from humanity. They will be inspired and learn from other people’s actions in fighting plastic pollution, as well as being encouraged to take action and be part of the solution. Afterall, it is everyone’s responsibility to take care of Mother Earth.

Unit 6: My Solution, My Action

Students will be able to make a more profound connection to the environment as whole by a web of food life activity. The activity shows a decision we make has a great impact for the lives and the environment.

Educators' Feedback

“As students learn about the impacts of plastic pollution on the natural world including marine life. The accompanying actions will be a service learning project and raise awareness of the problems.”

- Principal.

“They are more cautious about plastic now.”

- 3rd Grade Teacher.

“They enjoyed the hands on activities.”

- 3rd Grade Teacher.

“The students enjoyed learning about different people and their efforts in making a difference in fighting the pollution problems in the world.”

- 3rd Grade Teacher.

“The videos, lessons, and materials were extremely helpful in teaching the content.”

- 3rd Grade Teacher.

“The materials and resources were flexible and helpful.”

- 3rd Grade Teacher.

“This program fit extremely well in our IB planner, Sharting the Planet.”

- 3rd Grade Teacher.