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The Plastic Problem Super Solvers

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Ages

5 - 8 yrs

Dates

Tue, Wed

Oct 12, 2021 - Oct 20, 2021

Time

3:00pm - 3:45pm PDT

Capacity

2 students


Class Experience

Overview

In this exciting student-led course, we will explore how plastic is made. As a class, we will discover the problem of single-use plastic pollution. The students will participate in story-based learning where they can make real-life connections with the characters by analyzing them. They will lead discussions and practice data collection. The students will learn through examples, activities, and teamwork. Project-based learning allows students to engage and actively explore solutions to this real-world problem.


About the Course

Did you know that so many plastic bags are used every year that if we tied them together they would circle the whole world 773 times? Over one million plastic water bottles are used every minute. Our planet, animals, and people are all suffering from plastic pollution. In these fun, interactive multi-day project-based learning classes the students will work together to find solutions on how to limit single-use plastics in our daily life.

The students will participate by being leaders in conversations and create questions to help develop and solve the plastic problem. Throughout the class, the students will learn through discussion, lectures, activities, stories, role-playing, games, and projects. Project-based learning allows students to engage and actively explore solutions to this real-world problem.

The student will learn all about plastic. We will explore everything from how plastic is made to what plastic can be recycled. They will listen to The Super Summer Scavenger Hunt. This fun story is about Catie and her friends have a lot of exciting summer plans. During their first summer day, they find that their favorite summer hangout spots are different from what they remember. The students will learn through the characters' experiences. We will discuss problems the characters had and how the students can connect with the characters. Then students will participate in an at-home scavenger hunt, collect data, play the Recycle Round-Up game, and will be assigned roles that they will use to make their fun final projects.

They will be encouraged to work together and share their ideas. The students will create a fun final project where they will get to become one of the characters and develop their own ending to the story. They will continue to work in small groups. They will each have time to shine and they will have the opportunity to present to the class. These classes will inspire students to be more environmentally conscious and help spread their knowledge to others.


Who This Course Is For?

  • The Problem Solver 

Student who loves to use their imagination to solve problems.


  • The Environmentalist

Students who are passionate about caring for our earth.


  • The Critical Thinker

Students who enjoy analyzing and evaluating new information.


Who This Course Is For?

Analyze, Communicate, and Understand

The students will make real-life connections with the world around them. This class will inspire the students to care for the earth. The students will use the character development chart to connect character to their life. The students will see pictures and watch videos about plastic. The students will collect data of single plastic use and analyze their findings. They will engage with other students to develop social and communication skills. They will work together to share ideas of possible solutions to the problem. They will be able to explain how plastic is made. They will be able to define reduce, reuse, and recycle. The students will be able to compare recyclable materials to non-recyclable materials. Through each lesson, the students will learn about how plastic is harming the earth. The students will be able to explain to others the importance of using an alternative to single-use plastics.


Curriculum Schedule

Day 1: The Big Picture: Our Plastic Planet - Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Do you know that plastic can be found from the Arctic all the way to the deepest depths of the ocean in the Mariana Trench? In the past 100 years, plastic has been known as a miracle material and is now the number one pollutant in the world. Our first class, will be an introduction to plastic and a class discussion of what the students already know. We will review the definition and concepts of reducing, reuse, and recycle. The students will learn how plastic is made. We will discuss what plastic can be recycled. We will read the poem There is No “Away” by Betty Miles and discuss what it means. This class will be informative and the students will interact with the other students. We will answer questions, make connections, and explore new information.


Day 2: The Super Summer Scavenger Hunt - Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Every day we use many different things that are made from plastic. Some of the plastic we use only once and then we “throw it away”. Our second class will be a story-based class where students will learn through the characters' experiences. The students will listen to The Super Summer Scavenger Hunt. We will discuss the problems each character had in the story. We will complete a character chart together and discuss different experiences that each character had. The students will work together to develop a question that will help solve the character's problems. After we decide the big question the students will play Recycle Round-Up Game game to connect with what they have learned in the first two classes.


Day 3: Pollution Problem-Solving Professionals - Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Look around your room. What do you see? How fast can you find ten things that are made from plastic? During our third class, the students will learn about the different materials items are made from. The students will participate in a fun scavenger hunt activity and complete a data collection chart. They will record their data and present it to the other students. After these activities, the students will apply what they have learned so far to develop possible solutions to the question. They will ask and answer critical thinking questions to help them make real-life connections with the questions. In class, the students will be assigned their characters for the final project. They will have discussions with other students to help them develop a solution to their character's problem.


Day 4: Kids Against Pollution - Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Now it is your time to shine. You can help the plastic pollution problem. Throughout all of our classes, the students have learned a lot about plastic pollution. In this class, students will continue to work with other students to answer the big question. We will play Happy Planet Sad Planet to help them in search of ideas toward possible solutions. The students will discuss their ideas for solutions and other information learned throughout the class. They will work together on their poster projects. At the end of class, the students will shine during their presentation of their projects. We will end the program with a discussion and the students will be able to test each other’s solutions. We will also see current actions being taken by students and adults around the world to help solve our plastic problem.



Notes

To check more promoted classes, visit our class at www.learnyschool.com

What you'll learn

  • Communication Skills
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Listening Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills

How To Participate

Attend class via Zoom video

This class will be hosted on Zoom video conferencing platform. You will receive an email 30 minutes before class starts with a link to the class and access instructions. We recommend you make sure your device is up to date and meets all system requirements before class.


What To Bring

Day 1: None.

Day 2: The students will need to open the online game.

Day 3: During the class, we will be doing an in-home scavenger hunt. Students need to grab different items they may have around the house. We will make a data chart of what the students have found. The students will also start working on their final project in this class. They will need the printout and coloring supplies.

Day 4: Each student will need to bring the printout of their character to color and add their solutions.

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