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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Assessment
  • Interactive Media
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  • Data

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States

Plastic Pollution Quiz

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  • This interactive quiz gauges your understanding of plastic pollution's impact on marine life, plastic use and production in the United States, and how much plastic pollution could be in the ocean by 2050.
  • Students will answer ten questions and receive feedback and explanations to help them fully understand the depth of plastic pollution.
Teaching Tips


  • Eye-catching photos are attached to most of the questions.
  • Students will benefit from the concise explanation and supporting data.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know the terms biodegradable, pathogens, and crude oil before they take the quiz.
  • Students can share their quiz results on Facebook or X (Twitter).


  • This quiz pairs well with a lesson on the environmental impact of various consumer goods.
  • This quiz can supplement a lesson on how human activity can impact ecosystems worldwide and why this impact matters.
  • This quiz can enhance a classroom discussion on why businesses continue using plastic despite its harmful environmental impact.
  • After taking this quiz, students can reflect on their plastic use and create a plan to reduce their waste.
Scientist Notes
This resource from EARTHDAY.ORG is a fun and informative quiz about plastic pollution. After a student answers each question, the quiz reveals the correct answer and often provides links to external sources. These sources include reports from the UN and the Convention on Biological Diversity, and they are all well-sourced. This resource provides a strong introduction to the scope and severity of the plastic pollution problem, and is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • 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: Economics
      • D2.Eco.3.9-12 Analyze the ways in which incentives influence what is produced and distributed in a market system.
  • 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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