The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Lesson Plan | 123Read&Write

This innovative expository lesson plan focuses on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex, this gyre of plastics, chemical sludge, and other debris is literally choking the Pacific Ocean and endangering all who inhabit her waters. 


The students read an opinion article entitled Choking the Oceans with Plastic by Charles J. Mooreaug, from the New York Times. Then they watch a short video clip on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Once both pieces of information have been read, seen, and discussed they completed a visible thinking routine entitled “Bullseye.” This activity asks the students to complete the following regarding the information they’ve learned.

Excerpt from article

LOS ANGELES — The world is awash in plastic. It’s in our cars and our carpets, we wrap it around the food we eat and virtually every other product we consume; it has become a key lubricant of globalization (Mooreaug, 2014). 

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Examples of student work