Microplastics, Mega Impact (Grades 3-5)

April 22, 2020
DESCRIPTION: Join Laurel in this session to explore the science behind microplastics. They have been found everywhere, from Arctic snow to the depths of the Mariana Trench, and they are even found in our food webs and our laundry! Laurel will introduce students to exactly what they are, where they can be found, and why we should care about their emergence in multiple aspects of our lives.

Presenter: Laurel Zaima, Education Program Assistant, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Target audience: Grades 3 - 5


This was absolutely the best presentation ever! I have 5th grade students conducting research each year in Oregon. I can't wait to re-watch the session! Maureen, environmental educator and STEM coordinator, Salem, OR


1. Microplastics Explained - Watch this explainity explainer video to get the big picture view of microplastics.

2. Microplastics: Tiny Plastics, Huge Problems - Click here to go through a presentation on microplastics and biomagnification at your own pace.

3. Microplastics Input/Output - This Microplastics Input/Output model is the perfect lesson to introduce students to microplastics.