SDG Compendium: SDG 06 - Clean Water and Sanitation

BeMED 11. Single–Use Plastic Hunt

Title Single–Use Plastic Hunt Author Ms Maria Baldacchino Age Guide Year 5-8 Subject Area Environmental Studies Preparation Time 15 minutes Estimated Duration 3 lessons of 45 minutes each Site School/Home: Students may spread the knowledge to the family and become the owners of positive change. Educational objectives To reduce / eliminate the use of single-use plastics from our daily usage. Learning Outcomes – I can justify the importance of identifying problems, reflecting critically, thinking creatively and having a wider vision in order to plan for the future and become an effective agent of change. – I can critically assess processes of change in society and envision a more equitable and sustainable world. – I can identify priorities and evaluate potential consequences of different decisions and actions. – I can involve myself and others in real-world issues to bring about a positive difference. – I am a critically reflective person and am able to evaluate decisions, choices and actions. – I am responsible for my actions and capable of anticipating, adapting to and facing change. – I can reflect upon the consequences of my actions on present and future generations. – I am motivated to make a positive contribution to other people and their social and natural environment, locally and globally. – I can live in harmony with myself, others and the natural world at a range of levels from the local to the global. – I have a future-oriented perspective for how I live my life as a citizen of the world. Link to SDGs SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production SDG 14: Life Below Water Educational resources required Internet connection Appendix 11.1 – Activity Sheet – Word Search: Ways to reduce your single-use plastic Appendix 11.2 – Activity Sheet 2 – Single-Use Plastic Lifecycle Appendix 11.3 – Activity Sheet 3 – Single-Use Plastic Hunt Appendix 11.4 – Activity Sheet 4 – Ways to Reduce your Single-Use Plastic Remote preparation Teachers may assign research on what are single-use plastics and brainstorm with the students on ideas to reduce these single-use plastics. Method Introduction The activity is to convey the message and instill the correct mentality of protecting our marine life, by outlining the basic items we use on a daily basis that may seem innocent but create a big negative impact on the marine environment, once disposed of. The first activity is a word search, Appendix 11.1. The words are based on the information provided in Appendix 11.2 – Single-Use Plastic Lifecycle, which shows information on common plastic items used on a daily basis such as straws, coffee pods, plastic bottles, and the like. At the end of this activity the following video link may be accessed: How plastic hurts the world: Development The next step is for the students to go on a Single-Use Plastic Hunt, using Appendix 11.3, of plastic household items which they will colour in and strike off by using the famous X marks the spot. They will assign …