Plastic Bottle Pollution and The Impacts on Animals and their Habitats
Related Subjects:
Environmental Science , Environmental Studies , Science , Service Learning
Social Issue:
  Environment
Target Grade Level(s):
Grade / Year 1 , Grade / Year 5
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

  • What social issue will your video conference address?
    • The social issue my video conference will address is the social issue of plastic pollution and the impacts on animals and their habitat. Students will research the effects plastic bottles has on the environment, animals and their habitats and present more eco friendly options for plastic water bottles.
  • What subject(s) and grade level(s) would be appropriate for students to be involved?
    • For this project I would have a collaboration of first grade students and fifth grade students. The first grade students have a unit on animals, their habitats and the food chain. The fifth grade students have a recycling project they do every year where they provide every classroom with a recycling basket and they collect the water bottle recycling every friday.
  • Who would be your ideal guest speaker?
    • My ideal guest speaker would be an environmentalist  to speak to the children. I would love for the fifth grade children to do their research on recycling and what happens to plastic water bottles and the first grade students to do their research on different animals and their habitats. Then I would love for the children to come together and do research on how plastic products can be harmful to animals and their habitats. Then during the video conference discuss their findings with the environmentalist
    • What social issue will your video conference address?
      • The social issue my video conference will address is the social issue of plastic pollution and the impacts on animals and their habitat. Students will research the effects plastic bottles has on the environment, animals and their habitats and present more eco friendly options for plastic water bottles.
    • What subject(s) and grade level(s) would be appropriate for students to be involved?
      • For this project I would have a collaboration of first grade students and fifth grade students. The first grade students have a unit on animals, their habitats and the food chain. The fifth grade students have a recycling project they do every year where they provide every classroom with a recycling basket and they collect the water bottle recycling every friday.
    • Who would be your ideal guest speaker?
      • My ideal guest speaker would be an environmentalist to speak to the children. I would love for the fifth grade children to do their research on recycling and what happens to plastic water bottles and the first grade students to do their research on different animals and their habitats. Then I would love for the children to come together and do research on how plastic products can be harmful to animals and their habitats. Then during the video conference discuss their findings with the environmentalist and ask any questions they may have had when doing their research.
    • Would you seek to involve other schools from your community, across the country, or from particular countries or regions around the world to foster the ideal conversation?
      • I would seek to involve other students in the school community to start the initiative of using less plastic water bottles in schools. After making a change in our own community, I would love to go further and involve other schools in other parts of the country. If we were able to successfully make a change in our own community taking it one step further by communicating and sharing our findings with other schools around the country or even the world we could make a difference.
    • What type of activity would students complete before the video conference session that they could share during the conference?
      • I would have the first grade students researching animals and their habitats and the fifth grade students researching recycling, plastic pollution and more eco friendly alternatives for plastic water bottles. I would create small groups between the classes two fifth graders and two first graders to do the research. The groups would create together graphs and visuals to show their research results. The students would create different visuals and come up with more eco friendly alternatives to discuss with the environmentalist.  I would have the students collect all the water bottles used in the school for a full month. I would have the students as a large group count up all the water bottles used, and design some sort of sculpture together that would represent the impact that the plastic pollution has on our environment and the animals habitats.
    • Would there be a follow-up action that students would take to deepen their learning?
      • After completing the project, counting and collecting the researching about the impacts of plastic on animals, their habitats and the environment. I would have create a presentation using visuals with their results and a creative way to display their eco friendly alternatives to plastic water bottles. I would have the superintendent come in for a persuasive presentation done by the children to persuade the school district to use more eco friendly water containers. The students will present the collaborative sculpture they created and explain their thinking and the reason they chose to create what they did. If I were unable to have the superintendent come in for a presentation I would have the students create a video of the students doing a presentation to show explain their findings, why we should use eco friendly alternatives to plastic bottles and what eco friendly alternatives we should consider using. This video could also be used to share our findings with other schools around the country and world to help make an even bigger change.
    • How would you assess their participation?
      • Being the children will be working in groups of about four, two fifth graders and two first graders each group will be responsible for sharing their findings and asking questions to the guest speaker during the video conference. During the research portion of the project each group will be responsible for different aspects of the project. During the presentation to the superintendent portion each group will be responsible for presenting their findings and expressing why we should use eco friendly alternatives for plastic water bottles, as well as coming up with the eco friendly options. By breaking students up into small groups it allows me to hold all students accountable for their portion of the project, while keeping the workload manageable for the younger students. 
    •  and ask any questions they may have had when doing their research.
  • Would you seek to involve other schools from your community, across the country, or from particular countries or regions around the world to foster the ideal conversation?
    • I would seek to involve other students in the school community to start the initiative of using less plastic water bottles in schools. After making a change in our own community, I would love to go further and involve other schools in other parts of the country. If we were able to successfully make a change in our own community taking it one step further by communicating and sharing our findings with other schools around the country or even the world we could make a difference.
  • What type of activity would students complete before the video conference session that they could share during the conference?
    • I would have the first grade students researching animals and their habitats and the fifth grade students researching recycling, plastic pollution and more eco friendly alternatives for plastic water bottles. I would create small groups between the classes two fifth graders and two first graders to do the research. The groups would create together graphs and visuals to show their research results. The students would create different visuals and come up with more eco friendly alternatives to discuss with the environmentalist. I would have the students collect all the water bottles used in the school for a full month. I would have the students as a large group count up all the water bottles used, and design some sort of sculpture together that would represent the impact that the plastic pollution has on our environment and the animals habitats.
  • Would there be a follow-up action that students would take to deepen their learning?
    • After completing the project, counting and collecting the researching about the impacts of plastic on animals, their habitats and the environment. I would have create a presentation using visuals with their results and a creative way to display their eco friendly alternatives to plastic water bottles. I would have the superintendent come in for a persuasive presentation done by the children to persuade the school district to use more eco friendly water containers. The students will present the collaborative sculpture they created and explain their thinking and the reason they chose to create what they did. If I were unable to have the superintendent come in for a presentation I would have the students create a video of the students doing a presentation to show explain their findings, why we should use eco friendly alternatives to plastic bottles and what eco friendly alternatives we should consider using. This video could also be used to share our findings with other schools around the country and world to help make an even bigger change.
  • How would you assess their participation?
    • Being the children will be working in groups of about four, two fifth graders and two first graders each group will be responsible for sharing their findings and asking questions to the guest speaker during the video conference. During the research portion of the project each group will be responsible for different aspects of the project. During the presentation to the superintendent portion each group will be responsible for presenting their findings and expressing why we should use eco friendly alternatives for plastic water bottles, as well as coming up with the eco friendly options. By breaking students up into small groups it allows me to hold all students accountable for their portion of the project, while keeping the workload manageable for the younger students. 
Collaboration!

Yes, I would be having more than one classroom in the school collaborate with me on this. I have not yet collaborated with any external organizations.

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