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National Standards for Grade Levels 7-10


This exercise examines various types of pollutants, their sources, and their effects on the ocean, its inhabitants and the surrounding coastline. Students classify ocean pollution into five basic categories; debris, toxins, dissolved nutrients, particulates, and oil. They model the effects of ocean pollution with activities examining a variety of topics: the effect of the pH of various liquids on calcium carbonate; the effects of dilution, buffering capacity, salt and acid runoff; acid rain; the ability of water to purify itself; and oil spill clean-up.  As a final project, students design and write a newsletter containing articles with pertinent pollution topics such as current laws, pollution, effects, bioaccumulation, and prevention. Requires four class periods plus research time.  Required, but not included: six 1 gallon milk containers.  Designed for 24 students working in six groups of four.

Ocean Trash Can

SKU: 9-120
    • Instructor's Manual with Reproducible Student Data Sheets
    • Sand
    • Tums
    • pH Test Strips
    • Radish Seed
    • Sea Salt
    • Styrofoam Peanuts
    • Feathers
    • Yarn
    • Plastic Bags
    • Cotton Balls
    • Animal Fur
    • Wire
    • Plastic Cups
    • Cupcake Liners
  • Sh. wt. 6lbs, DIM 13” x 12” x 5”

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