TEACHING ABOUT MICROPLASTICS/SYNTHETIC FIBERS – Distance Learning

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Easily introduce students to Microfibers or Synthetic Fibers. Students don’t even know that their own clothes or other products they use and throw away daily have dire environmental consequences!”A microfiber is tiny fragment of the type of plastic used to make synthetic fabrics. These fibers are sh…

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Easily introduce students to Microfibers or Synthetic Fibers. Students don’t even know that their own clothes or other products they use and throw away daily have dire environmental consequences!

“A microfiber is tiny fragment of the type of plastic used to make synthetic fabrics. These fibers are shed from synthetic clothing during a washing machine cycle.” The Story of Stuff Project

“Right now, it’s estimated that fibers are, by count, the single largest contributor to watershed plastic pollution in developed countries and account for a significant portion of plastic waste entering the ocean. ” The Story of Stuff Project

This engaging project has students learn about:

1. What Microfibers are

2. The Story of Microfibers and how they came to be

3. Current research

4. How Do You Solve a Problem like Microfiber Pollution?

How the project works:

1. Have students work alone or with a partner

2. Students visit several web links either with their partner or as an entire class. These links take them to a video, facts sheet, and reading material.

3. Students make a Google Slide presentation that reports their findings and Opinions about Microfibers.

4. The students present for the class, their parents, or in small groups.

5. The teacher grades the students using the included rubric.

Format:

– Digital-PDF for easy sharing or printing

– Rubric for teacher with fillable fields

– Hyperlinks to research embedded in the document for quick access

⏳Teaching Time

120 minutes

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✅Tip:

Students using Chromebooks should download the free Chrome app DocHub.

It saves their work in the PDF as they work and has great sharing options including Google Classroom

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