Visit a storm drain on your school grounds. Ask your students if they know where the water goes when it rains. Help them find out. It may drain into a nearby stream or river. Maybe it eventually goes into a lake. Maybe it flows all the way into the ocean. No matter where it goes, it gets there without passing through any water treatment facility. Whatever gets into the storm drain ends up wherever that water goes.

Have your students think about all of the trash that can end up in a storm drain and what kinds of problems that trash could cause if and when it ends up in the ocean.

Use the Be an Ocean Guardian Guide and this Marine Debris Coloring Book to help your students (coloring book student version) learn more about protecting Earth's ocean.  Then let them decide what they want to do to tell others about what they've learned. They could draw their own pictures or use the ones in the coloring book and create a bulletin board, posters or a book about protecting the ocean. See how many other students they can get to take the Be an Ocean Guardian Pledge.

The Educator's Guide to Marine Debris has many hands-on acitvites and a poster that explore the impacts of marine debris.

All of them probably have see the movie "Happy Feet". Use Lovelace's ocean debris problem as a way to focus on the impacts of ocean debris. Then they can think about how trash can affect other marine animals and what they could do to protect them.

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