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Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Animals and the Environment Science Resource


In this lesson children look at the effect plastic bags have on animals in the ocean, exploring how these carrier bags can stay around for 1,000 years.

Pupils can also look into possible greener alternatives we might have going forward.

Accompanying activity ideas include:

  • Debating whether newer bags that only take three years to decay are OK, or whether that's still not good enough
  • Listing as many words as possible that begin with the prefix ‘bio’
  • Writing a five-sentence story that follows a plastic bag's voyage from a shop all the way into the ocean
  • Investigating how much food these bags can hold, given they have a weight limit of 2kg. How many ways can children get 2kg of food into a bag using different items?

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