The Marine Debris STEAMSS Curriculum is divided into four categories below that follow a scaffolded understanding of the issue of marine debris.  No matter where you enter the module, look for ways to incorporate steps toward stewardship actions students can take to make a difference.  


Composition and Abundance

What is marine debris?  Through classroom and field activities, students sort, categorize and come up with a common definition of marine debris. They identify characteristics common to marine debris by experimenting with different materials and analyzing collected samples. Go to the lessons


Sources and Transport

How does marine debris get into and move around the ocean?  Students look for evidence that help determine whether marine debris objects originated from land or sea, or from a particular region in the world. They also learn about the role ocean currents play in the distribution of marine debris. Go to the lessons


How does marine debris impact humans, wildlife and ecosystems?  Lessons in this section demonstrate that wildlife can ingest or become entangled in marine debris, and changes in the amount of marine debris in the ecosystem can affect the health of marine organisms.  Go to the lessons

The most impactful actions are often the personal actions and choices that students, their classmates and their families make in their daily lives.  In this section, students examine common materials and how they are disposed, and learn how to control sources of debris in the schoolyard or home that could end up in the ocean.  Go to the lessons