"Talking About Plastic" By Grade 5

At our most recent Sharing Assembly, 5th graders presented a project they undertook this spring: Talking About Plastic. This project does an incredible job of helping illustrate the impact plastics have on our oceans. Their words and the slideshow they shared are included here:
 
Beginning on April 22, we began thinking about the plastic that comes through our classroom. How much plastic do we use each day?  We began collecting the plastic that we encountered at snack and lunch. These are things like: Drinking cups, snack bags, milk cartons, cracker wrappers, yogurt containers, and more!
But to truly do a project about plastic waste in the ocean, we needed to have some plastic waste from the ocean. That is why our whole class trekked out to Revere Beach for a full day field trip dedicated to beach clean up. The weather was cold, windy and wet, giving us the whole beach to ourselves. We used many different tools to clean up plastic from the beach and even found a microplastic jackpot. And even though the weather was terrible, the seagulls were vicious, and almost no one packed the right type of jacket, we managed to collect multiple bags full of plastic waste.
 
(click below to read more and view the slideshow)
For our plastic collection in 5th grade, we collected plastics from lunch and snack. After we collected the plastic, we sorted and counted them. In the end we counted 700 plastics in just 16 days. These are some of the plastics that we collected: Plastic cups, milk cartons, butter and jelly containers, chip bags, dessert bowls and spoons, and cracker wrappers. We sadly collected almost 200 plastic cups.
 
Our class made two mosaics. The first was of a sea turtle, the second one was a fish. Both made out of plastic from Revere beach. We were divided into two groups to make this project. One group made the turtle and the other group made the fish. We worked for a couple weeks with our art teacher Mr. Dana. This project was fun to work on! We recycled the plastic to make these mosaics. Come visit our classroom to see these pieces of art.
 
Sea Turtles And How They Are Affected By Plastic Trash
 
People go to the beach and think, “Oh, what a beautiful sight.” But no one goes and says, “What a horrible thing we've done.” Over 100 million marine animals die every year due to your plastic. Are you going to change that? Or are you going to just live on knowing that you are killing thousands upon thousands of animals with your waist alone. Change the way you live.
 
  • Turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, lettuce and other foods
  • 80% of all plastic comes from landfills and 100% damages the environment
  • Turtles get entangled in bags, rope and landfills
  • More than half of all the world's sea turtles have already ingested plastic in their life
  • Plastic can block digestive tracts which can lead to starvation and death
  • Tons of balloons that you could have let go into the air have killed tons of turtles alone
  • Whenever you buy bags that are so called “biodegradable” you are still harming the environment because plastic can be biodegradable but it will only take a few hundred years
  • It is not just turtles that are harmed. It is tons of others including birds, whales, sea lions, turtles and many others
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Click here to view a slideshow of the 5th graders' project!
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