Lesson Plan


Students adopt a beach along the Great Lakes shoreline and visit ittwo to five times to collect litter and other data. Students enter their data into an online database. Students complete a project to further improve their beach.


  • Science > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8




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Curriki Rating
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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2012-08-01.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

In this well-designed lesson, late elementary through middle school students will collect and analyze shoreline garbage in a combination science / service lesson. (If time / location is a constraint, modifications are provided.) Students will have the opportunity to collect, analyze and graph data. Finally, there are various suggestions and extensions so that students can empower themselves to learn more and help prevent future problems with beach litter. Other related lesson plans can be found here: http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/MyCurriki/Contributions?user=XWiki.alliancefortheGL
Alliance for the Great Lakes Great Lakes in My World
August 4, 2011

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