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8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences, History

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  • Videos, CC, Subtitles
  • Interactive Media
  • Activity - Classroom

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Global, Europe

Ocean Health Course

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  • This 4-module online course about ocean health focuses on the history of plastic, the production of plastic, its importance in the 21st century, and the environmental damage it causes in the ocean.
  • The modules encourage awareness and empathy through storytelling and provide a broad understanding of the topic.
Teaching Tips


  • There is an excellent video titled "A Brief History of Plastics" showing how plastics were used during and after WWII.
  • The videos use sign language and descriptive narration to make them more accessible.

Additional Prerequisites

  • You can click on "Explore Module 1" to preview the course.
  • Teachers must register to gain access to the rest of the modules.


  • This resource could supplement a chemistry lesson about inorganic vs. organic materials.
  • This resource could enhance a classroom discussion on the economic incentives that lead to widespread plastic use around the world.
  • This resource could augment a multi-day lesson on industrialization, its impacts on the environment, and how industrialization continues to shape our world today.
  • This resource could support a classroom discussion on how governments could incentivize private companies to decrease their production of single-use plastic.
Scientist Notes
Modules on the history of plastic, pollution, recycling, and waste management strategies to promote ocean health are included in this resource. Students are given the necessary tools to fight plastic pollution, follow the point sources and destinations of plastic garbage, calculate and lessen their own plastic footprint, and suggest novel strategies to safeguard the health of the oceans. The resource was fact-checked and is suggested for use in the classroom.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.3.9-12 Analyze the ways in which incentives influence what is produced and distributed in a market system.
    • Dimension 2: History
      • D2.His.14.9-12 Analyze multiple and complex causes and effects of events in the past.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
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