There are two versions of each lab, one with a ten-question conclusion and one with directions for a full lab report. This way the teacher has the option! Each lab is two pages to allow for one two-sided handout.
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A 2016 movie titled “Oceans – The Mystery of the Missing Plastic” is 52 minutes long and may be useful in substitute teacher plans.
From the dvd case:
“As most plastic never deteriorates, it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller particles that are invisible to the human eye, what happens to this missing ocean plastic is a mystery. In this investigation, scientists embark in search of the micro-plastics. Small, mostly invisible, toxic, they are home to a new ecosystem: the plastisphere. But where are they? Ingested by organisms? Buried under the ocean floor? Degraded by bacteria? And what is the impact of them entering the food chain?”
The video is 52 minutes long, so you may want to show it in 2 shorter segments.
I cannot find the entire movie on the Internet for free – it can be rented or purchased online.
At the beginning, there are interesting discussions of what questions to ask about the effects of ocean plastic, what is already known, what could be happening now?
Several scientists describe their observations, conclusions, and further questions. It is a very interesting video; watch it to see if it's appropriate for your students as at times it can be very mature.
You might want to turn on the subtitles because of the several different accents of the speakers. Also, be aware that several scientists speak in French and their information is presented very quickly.
To keep students on task, they can be required to report 10 facts from the video.
Past blog posts about this subject include:
06/09/2017 Plastic Roads
05/19/2017 Edible Water "Bottle"
05/12/2017 Plastic-Eating Caterpillars
02/17/2017 The Ocean Clean-up Project Revisited
03/19/2016 Microplastic Polluting Our Oceans
06/25/2015 Ocean Clean-Up
This video may be useful to use during an Organic Chemistry unit – check out if your library has purchased it or if you can preview/recommend it for purchase.
Remember, buying a copy of the lab book Chemistry on a Budget can be very useful to your Chemistry classroom with labs and class article ideas.
Have a great weekend!