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Talking Trash: Ocean Garbage Patches

In this one-time class, students will learn about ocean garbage patches, how they impact the environment, and action plans on what they can do to help.
Mrs. Venessa Smith, B.Sc.
6 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 2 learners
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70 minute class

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will improve their understanding of Ocean Garbage Patches by understanding what they are, where they are, the impact they have on the environment, ideas on how to get rid of them, and how they can take action to be part of the solution.
My Bachelor's of Science degree in Geology, my professional experience working as a Geologist, my 8 years of teaching an array of different science classes and science topics as a California State Credentialed Science Teacher, and my experience working as a Science Camp Instructor qualify me to teach topics covered in this class. 
No homework is anticipated for this class.  However, interested students seeking more information can conduct further research by visiting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Marine Debris Program website at
Notebook or journal for writing down information during the class sessionn
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
1 hour 10 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
YouTube may be used in a screen-share manner to show a video about Ocean Garbage Patches.  The video will aid in students' understanding of these huge patches of trash in our oceans.  No account is required.  Specifically, the video is from NOAA's National Ocean Service channel on YouTube. 

I will be using Canva to design and create my presentation for this class.  Students may be asked to use the "whiteboard" feature of Canva as an interactive tool to participate in classroom activities such as creating models. 
Information used in this class was obtained from the NOAA Marine Debris Program website.  The information presented on that website is considered public information and can be distributed or copied. 
NOAA Marine Debris Program -


Mrs. Venessa Smith, B.Sc.
Lives in the United States
Elementary/Junior High/High School Science Teacher and Geologist
6 total reviews
16 completed classes

About Me

Hello!  I'm Mrs. Smith.  I love teaching about science and gardening.  My favorite science to teach is Geology (the study of the Earth).  I really enjoy teaching classes about the Earth and all of the Earth processes like erosion, the rock cycle,... 
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