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Plastic is an indispensable part of our daily lives. Children’s rooms are full of plastic toys, water from lightweight plastic bottles is popular, our food is wrapped in plastic, our kitchens are full of plastic bowls and when we buy things everywhere plastic bags are used. Plastic is widely used and popular because of its characteristics. However, our full life of plastic gives the environment a hard fight. Rotting plastic takes up to 500 years. Sooner or later, large parts of the plastic waste end up in the sea. There are now even plastic islands in the sea. Many animals mistake the plastic waste with food, which often has deadly consequences. In addition, the water quality suffers from the plasticisers. Is plastic a curse or a blessing? Is it harmful to the human body? Would a life without plastic be possible at all? Are there any alternatives? And how can I approach this complex issue to 7 - 10-year olds?
Typology of education resource : 3 learning units
GCE Issues: Environment
Specific sub-thematic area(s): Responsible use of resources, Responsible consumption
School subject(s)/field(s) of studies in which the educational resource can be used: German, Science
- The students discover the characteristics of plastic.
- They extend their knowledge of the working conditions in the toy production.
- They recognise their own connection with people in the global South.
- The pupils reflect about alternatives to plastic
Methodology: Cooperative-learning, Debate, Game and reflection
Age range: 7-10
Duration: 2-3 hours each unit