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

Articles

  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

Websites

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

http://www.seaweb.org/resources/briefings/MarineDebris.php

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

http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/marinedebris.html

  1. Trash Free Waters

http://water.epa.gov/type/oceb/marinedebris/index.cfm

  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?)

http://water.epa.gov/type/oceb/marinedebris/factsheet_marinedebris_debris.cfm

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

http://thankyouocean.org/threats/marine-debris/

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

http://marine-litter.gpa.unep.org/kids/kids.htm

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

http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/info/plastic.html

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

http://olympiccoast.noaa.gov/living/marinelife/birds/specieslist/spp_albatross.html

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

http://education.nationalgeographic.com/activity/marine-debris-a-legacy-of-litter/

 

Videos

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpVpJsDjWj8

Blogs

NOAA’s Marine Debris Blog (short entries)

https://marinedebrisblog.wordpress.com/