Ocean Pollution Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach your students about ocean pollution with this lesson plan. Students will read a mentor text explaining different pollutants, the reasons they're harmful, and what we can do to keep oceans clean.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe types of ocean pollutants
  • explain why pollutants are harmful to oceans
  • discuss and plan ways to keep oceans clean


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Ocean Pollution Facts: Lesson for Kids, one for each student or a master copy to use as a shared reading
  • Large plastic tub filled with water
  • Debris or pollutants to put into the tub, such as dirt, plastic and foam containers
  • Plastic cup, one for each group
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Measuring cup
  • Construction paper cut into four by four inch squares
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Bulletin board or dedicated space for activity

Key Vocabulary

  • Polluted
  • Dead zones
  • Marine debris

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

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