Credit: DRI


Authors/producers: Ileah Kirchoff

Description: Students will explore the physical properties of plastics, learn about the chemical components of plastics, and create an atomic model to represent the extended structures of plastics. Students will use what they’ve learned to consider the pros and cons of plastic use. Students will then consider how microplastics, in particular, can affect ecosystems by exploring how surface area can affect toxicity. Students will then design a device to remove microplastics from water. Finally, students will then create a PSA about one method for reducing plastic pollution.



Region Topics Grade Level Suggested NGSS
Southwest Microplastics, Molecular structures, Ecology Middle MS-PS1-1. MS-PS1-3. MS-LS2-4. MS-LS2-5. MS-ESS3-3.