Sharing the planet
An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Central idea:
Choices affect the environment.

  • gaining the skills and commitment to contribute to their environments

Title: Project Plastic
Webquest: Project Plastic

Hug it Forward
O magazine article

6th grade Hug it Forward: Project Plastic

Start collecting water bottles and plastic bags ( Figure out ways to collect bottles and bags without have students buy them and contributing to the wasteful)
Have students build an Eco brick which leads into a discussion about what this might be used for.
Show video from Hug it Forward site
Research on website and generate ideas
What can we do to make a difference in addition to creating a green house out of eco bricks at Ocean Knoll.

Student groups we will need:

Documentation: students in this group will need to film and photograph the process of Project Plastic and make a film to share with other students and/or the community. (provide students with a storyboard handout)

Public Relations: students in this group will complete a write up describing Project Plastic, the problem with plastic, what they have learned so far, and how the project will impact the students and community of Ocean Knoll.

Greenhouse Design: students in this group will help design the greenhouse and determine specific measurements and how many bottles it will take to create the greenhouse. Other environmental aspects of design will be researched and incorporated into the project.

Fund raising: ???

Bottle Collection: students in this group will be responsible creating a schedule and procedure for collecting and cleaning the bottles needed for the project.

Eco-Brick Construction: students in this stuff plastic material into the designated size water bottle to create an eco-brick

Public Service Announcement: using iMovie, students in this group will create a short PSA describing Project Plastic and its goals. The PSA will be shared with other students at Ocean Knoll to inform them of the project and how they can help donate bottles.

Individually students will create a conceptual product, an actual new product, or improve on an existing product that will focus on using a renewable energy source in a new way that will benefit our environment. In addition to the new product students will write a persuasive essay/commercial on why their product that they have developed is the best choice for the environment. As a result, students will have an understanding of how human choices can affect our global community.
Assessment tool: A performance rubric (designed collaboratively by teachers and students) reflecting the extent of the conceptual or new product’s ability to benefit our environment while addressing the central idea, transdisciplinary skills and learner profile attributes.

Energy Oceans Oil Spill Climate Change Water Water Energy Connection

Fuel Our Future Now

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint


MIDWAY : trailer : a film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.