Tiny Plastic, Big Problem
When plastic was invented at the turn of 20th century, it was lauded as a miraculous new material that could be used to create innumerable products. Few could have recognized the impact that plastic would have on our world – particularly in our oceans – over the course of a century.
When and How to Pair: Have students read this text before they begin the book, to provide them with information on how garbage ends up in the ocean. Students should discuss how garbage in the ocean negatively impacts the animals in the water, as well as eventually effecting humans. As students read the book, ask them to consider how trash and waste that enters the ocean has widespread effects on the environment and animals.