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8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics

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Plastic Planet Quiz

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  • This interactive quiz gauges your understanding of plastic waste accumulation worldwide, how it damages the environment and biodiversity, and how various governments are reducing plastic waste within their jurisdiction.
  • Students will answer nine multiple-choice questions and receive feedback, explanations, and information on global plastic waste.
Teaching Tips


  • The quiz is easy to navigate, and students can complete it within a class period.
  • The quiz challenges students to think about recycling in a more nuanced way.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may benefit students to have an intermediate knowledge of mountain ranges and their ecological importance.
  • It may be helpful if students already know about plastic waste in our oceans.


  • This resource pairs well with the Plastic Pollution Quiz.
  • Students can investigate how various environmental organizations have fought to reduce plastic waste and local efforts to reduce plastic use or pollution.
  • This quiz can support a lesson on the impact of plastic waste on aquatic life and how these animals have adapted to changes in the ocean's composition.
  • Teachers can use the source articles linked in the explanations for the answers to create a lesson about plastic waste and then use the quiz as an assessment.
Scientist Notes
This resource from earthday.org is an interactive quiz about global plastic pollution. The quiz gives a short answer to each question and links sources for each to facilitate further study. This resource is exceptionally well-sourced, with many sources from the UN or NOAA, and a peer-reviewed article is linked. The quiz uses clear language and features photos that juxtapose natural beauty with widespread plastic pollution. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.5.9-12 Evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.10 By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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