7 books for use in a unit on Plastic

Picture books can be used to enhance a non-fiction unit.

These 6 books have applications for units on sustainability and plastic.
These picture books open a range of themes and topics that could be expanded on depending on the interests of your students and the inquiry questions to post prior to reading the books.
  • Living things - impact of human behaviour on ecosystems
  • Sustainability (general capability) Volume of waste - sustainability of human lifestyles - How do we reduce waste?
  • Material World - how can materials be used in different ways? What are alternatives to plastics? What is plastic made of? and how is it made?
  • English - compare and contrast different texts, purpose, audience, method, infographics, pictures, language.
  • Data - explore facts and figures in the books or that are found online, regarding amounts of plastic, time to decompose infographics.
  • Vocabulary - degradable, biodegradable, compostable, recyclable, reusable
  • Art - use plastic to create art and sculpture
  • Design - design and produce ways to reduce the use of plastic
    • something to replace plastic
    • clean up plastic
    • recycle plastic
    • New ways to package foods and products
    • instead of plastic
    • create something using plastic

Kids fight Plastic by Marten Dorey



Plastic - past, present and future by Eun-Ju Kim

https://www.1millionwomen.com.au/blog/everything-you-need-your-plastic-free-july-toolkit/

What a Waste - rubbish, recycling and protecting our planet by Jess French

https://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/war-on-waste/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts4he6o3fRE

Somebody swallowed Stanley by Sarah Roberts

https://www.marineconservation.org.au/ocean-plastic-pollution/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2017-02-27/plastic-and-plastic-waste-explained/8301316
https://www.take3.org/winning-the-war-on-waste/

A planet full of plastic by Neal Layton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjIUp6A7GRU

One plastic bag by Isatou Ceesay

http://oneplasticbag.com/

Plastic Fish by Trash Heroes

http://www.hannahtofts.com/plastic-fish-book-new-by-trash-heroes/

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