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EarthEcho International’s Educator Resources are a collection of videos, lesson plans, and other materials designed to support high-quality classroom experiences. They are unique tools to assist educators as they equip young people to explore and protect their local natural resources. Many of the resources are designed to satisfy Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Email us at education@earthecho.org and we will see what we can do to help you.

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  • Plastic, Sort It Out!

    In this investigation, students design and create a Recycling Sorting Machine to eliminate the amount of waste that is incorrectly being sent to landfill. Students use basic resources (recycled and/or reused items in the classroom, home, or their community) to engineer a solution to the growing problem of waste in our schools.

    • Lesson Plan
    • Middle School
    • EarthEcho Expeditions: PlasticSeas
    • Waste Stream
    • Marine Debris
  • PlasticSeas: Microbeads, A Major Problem

    As the name suggests, microbeads are very small (microscopic) beads of plastic. Since they are particles of less than 1mm, they are almost impossible to capture as they enter household drains. This leaves these small, solid balls of plastic to enter our aquatic ecosystems where they are ingested by organisms and accumulated within the food web.  In this activity, students are challenged to design and construct their own device to extract microplastics from cosmetic…

    • Lesson Plan
    • Middle School
    • EarthEcho Expeditions: PlasticSeas
    • Waste Stream
    • Marine Debris
  • PlasticSeas: Product Life Cycle

    In this investigation, students describe the life cycle of man-made products that include or originate from plastic to evaluate how they may impact the environment. Students use a basic life cycle assessment – similar to assessments used by process engineers – that allows them to identify and order the different steps in the life cycle of a product. Using their analyses to compare the impacts of different products, students develop ideas to reduce the…

    • Lesson Plan
    • High School
    • Middle School
    • EarthEcho Expeditions: PlasticSeas
    • Waste Stream
    • Marine Debris