Single-use plastics: teaching resources

A collection of resources about single-use plastics and plastic pollution, suitable for primary and secondary students - includes assembly packs, full lessons and worksheets/activities.

Tes Resources Team

Plastic Pollution, Single-use Plastic

'Single-use' - Collins Dictionary Word of the Year 2018

Collins Dictionary has chosen 'single-use' as its word of the year for 2018, highlighting growing concerns about the over-use of plastic and its impact on the environment. We have collected here some of our top resources on the topic to support you in discussing and exploring this important issue with your pupils.

Whole school assembly packs

Use these primary and secondary assembly packs to get your whole school onboard with the message of reduce, reuse, recycle!

WWF Oceans and Plastics - KS3 Assembly Presentation
WWF

WWF Oceans and Plastics - KS3 Assembly Presentation

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This KS3 assembly presentation looks at the importance of oceans in our lives and explores the topic of plastics pollution and the things we can all do to give our oceans a better future. The notes at the bottom of the slides will give you a script, plus additional information in italics to help de...
Assembly: Single Use Plastics
Nataliebu

Assembly: Single Use Plastics

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This assembly looks at the issue of single use plastic. Children are asked initially to use words to describe an idyllic scene, which they later find out is cropped, and the image reveals a litter-strewn beach. The slides talk through the origins of plastic and explore some of the benefits of plas...

Primary resources

These resources are suitable for KS1 and KS2 pupils and include an activity pack on the effect of plastic pollution on the oceans, a Design and Technology lesson in which pupils repurpose common plastic waste and a plastics diary, so that pupils can track their own use of disposable plastics throughout the week.

WWF Oceans and Plastics - KS2 Activity set
WWF

WWF Oceans and Plastics - KS2 Activity set

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This resource contains a range of activities aimed at teachers of 7-11 year-olds. It is intended that this resource will be used in cross-curricular work and all activities can be linked to the National Curricula of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Teachers will find that the materia...
Plastic recycling KS2 D&T
Encounter Edu

Plastic recycling KS2 D&T

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Encounter Edu links curriculum aligned education with global burning issues to inspire STEM careers and encourage environmental stewardship. Learn more about what we do at [www.encounteredu.com](http://www.encounteredu.com) or by visiting our [TES Shop](http://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/Enc...
Plastic Diary
ybez

Plastic Diary

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Students can track their weekly plastic usage using this worksheet. Can be used for all ages. Use as part of a series of lessons about plastic, the environment and how we can reduce our usage.

Secondary resources

Students will be really engaged by these activities, including fully resourced lessons, persuasive writing and poster making tasks and a reading comprehension explaining how plastic is not always fantastic.

Plastic debate - Persuasive writing and Science investigation
TommyC82

Plastic debate - Persuasive writing and Science investigation

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Cross curricular activity involving English persuasive writing, comprehension, scientific investigation and data analysis skills. Students will debate the use of plastic packaging. Both sides of the argument are presented and the teacher can decide if they choose. Ideal for cross curricular (also ci...
Plastic Pollution
EC Resources

Plastic Pollution

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1 hour, fully resourced PSHCE or Geography lesson which focuses on the problems presented by our excessive use and disposal of plastic and possible solutions. The lesson is most suitable for KS3 / KS4 (but has been left editable) and is filled with engaging, well differentiated and fun activities...
Plastic is not fantastic
andorian

Plastic is not fantastic

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Plastic pollution was highlighted recently in 'The Blue Planet'. This is a reading passage with questions, a vocabulary study, prompts for discussion and they have to rearange the sentences to get advice on what you can do to help. Key included.