Ocean Pollution and Solutions
-Week One-

Illustration by Sam Alexander



Oceans of the world are vital to the earth and to the people who inhabit it. Oceans cover approximately 75% of the earth's surface and provide food, natural resources, and recreation for many people. Care of the oceans is vital to the survival of not only the ocean's inhabitants, but to earth's land dwellers as well. Sustaining and preserving the ocean's unique habitats will enhance the well being of all the earth's denizens.

The Task

You will be working with a group of four students to choose and then research a geographical area. In particular, you will be focusing your attention on issues concerning ocean pollution. Keep these key questions in mind as you explore informative sites:


The Process

  1. Choose a group of four students to work with.
  2. Decide upon the roles for the members of your group.
  3. Identify an area of ocean pollution that is troubling to your group.
  4. Conduct a preliminary internet search.
  5. If search yields adequate information go to step 7; If search does not yield adequate information go to step 6.
  6. Modify original area and proceed from step 4.
  7. Conduct an in depth internet search.
  8. Print out and complete the answer sheet.
  9. Use a map to show geographic location of your selected polluted area.
  10. Bookmark any sites you find to be especially useful.

Learning Advice

Help everyone remember their group roles. Keep a good record of the sites you have located which contain useful information. You may want to visit these again and much time can be spent relocating sites. Keep focused on the key questions and write down your answers completely and clearly. This information will be used when you write your newsletter articles.


At the end of this week your group's editor will be attending an editor's meeting. At that time s/he will be sharing the information that you have gathered. It will be determined whether or not your group has been successful in answering the key questions and what areas are in need of further investigation. Suggestions will be offered from fellow editors and the "editor-in-chief" (classroom teacher) on ways to expand ideas.


By the end of this week your group should have a clear idea of the major pollution concerns in your selected area. Eventually, you will be putting this information into a newsletter. Included in this newsletter will be the thoughts your group has developed on how this problem may be solved.

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