Connect your students to Common Core literacy standards by incorporating these pre- and post-visit materials into your curriculum:


  1. Tiny Plastic, Big Problem- Scientists find that tiny pieces of plastic travel great distances, threatening the ocean ecosystem. Readability score 6.5
  1. Tsunami Debris Washes up in Oregon- Trash from Japan another threat to Northwest beaches
  1. Barge brings tons of tsunami debris, marine trash to Seattle


  1. Ocean Issue Briefs – Marine Debris (the issue, the causes, and the context)

  1. What is marine debris? Marine debris is more than an eyesore (short 3 paragraph overview)

  1. Trash Free Waters

  1. Factsheet: Marine Debris (What is marine debris? Where does marine debris come from? What does marine debris do to the environment? What is EPA doing to prevent marine debris?)

  1. Marine Debris (What is marine debris? Take action against marine debris. Why is marine debris a problem?)

  1. Kids Against Marine Litter (learning guide on marine debris, student activities, lesson plan on marine debris, etc.)

      7. NOAA Marine Debris Program – Plastics (most common marine debris material)

  1. NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary – Black-footed albatross factsheet

      9. Marine Debris: A Legacy of Litter (for students who need more of a challenge)



The Nurdles’ Quest for Ocean Domination – Kim Preshoff (kid-friendly animated video (4:54 duration). Nurdles are the tiny, factory-made pellets that form the raw material for every plastic product that we use, from toys to toothbrushes.


NOAA’s Marine Debris Blog (short entries)