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Annotated Bibliography

4Ocean. (2018). Retrieved March 9, 2018, from 4Ocean:

This organization identifies itself as a global movement that removes trash from the
ocean by inspiring people to work together. For each bracelet sold that is made of 100
percent recycled materials, one pound of trash is removed from the oceans and coastlines.
This resource can be used by teachers as an example of recycling, upcycling, and ways
that individuals are able to make a change.

Council for Environmental Education. (2013). Project Aquatic WILD: K-12 Curriculum &
Activity Guide. Houston, Texas: Council for Environmental Education.
This curriculum and activity guide provides teachers with a one-stop resource for all
things aquatic across the K-12 grade levels. The activities cover topics from ecological
knowledge, social and political knowledge, and sustainability. All activities provide
teachers with everything from materials lists to possible extensions, and connections
amongst the activities are even suggested in a unit planning section.

How Plastic Is Recycled: Educational video for kids (n.d.). [Motion Picture]. Retrieved May 23,
2018, from
This short, three-minute video discusses where plastic comes from, how it is created, and
how it ends up in landfills. Teachers can incorporate this visual into a lesson in order to
provide a high-level understanding of the journey that plastics take; it is an effective way
to incorporate systems thinking into a lesson plan.

Lim, A. (2014). Recycling Crafts (Craft Attack!). New York: Gareth Stevens.
This is a nonfiction book that provides step-by-step instructions, including full-color
photographs, for upcycling common household trash into useful products. Most activities
can be completed without adult assistance, and require minimal supplies. This book is
one of the featured books from the Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons, 3-5; Using Children's
Books to Inspire STEM Learning book, with the intended use to be a read-aloud and a
source for students during the elaborate portion of a lesson.
Morgan, E., & Ansberry, K. (2017). Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons, 3-5; Using Children's Books
to Inspire STEM Learning. Arlington, Virginia: NSTA press.
This book of lesson plans is available through the National Science Teachers Association
(NSTA) for grades 3-5. Lesson objectives are aligned to the framework, with an
alignment to the Next Generation Science Standards in the back of the book. Connections
to the Common Core standards are referenced throughout each activity. In addition to the
lessons being STEM based, featured picture books are also included for inclusion of
English Language Arts standards.

National Geographic Society. (2018). Teaching Resources: Bring National Geographic into your
classroom. Retrieved March 23, 2018, from National Geographic:
The National Geographic Society has a website dedicated to education. Teaching
resources include activities, lessons, and units. There are reference items like current
events and “this day in geographic history.” In addition to these resources, is the Explorer
Classroom. This program offers virtual field trips with National Geographic Explorers by
way of live streaming, providing students access to experts in the field.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (2018). Retrieved March 23, 2018, from
NOAA Marine Debris Program:
The plastics section of the Marine Debris Program website provides a resource where
teachers may go for facts and data to include into lesson plans. A plethora of items like
fact sheets, posters, activities and curricula are provided for download and/or print. This
is a credible resource that appears to be maintained with up-to-date information.

Paul, M. (2015). One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of The Gambia.
Minneapolis: Millbrook Press.
This children's book is based on the true story of a woman from Gambia who gathered
her friends in order to create marketable items from plastic bag waste in their community.
The women accomplished cleaning up the waste in their community, as well as receiving
income from the items they sold. This book is one of the featured books from the Picture-
Perfect STEM Lessons, 3-5; Using Children's Books to Inspire STEM Learning book,
with the intended use to be a read-aloud during the engage portion of a lesson.
PBS & WGBH Educational Foundation. (2018). Retrieved March 16, 2018, from Arizona PBS
This website is a resource for teachers in many ways. Search functions are available for
grade level, subject, and type of media. There is also the ability to browse by both
National and Next Generation Science Standards. Outside of curriculum, teachers’ blogs
and productivety tools are offered. Additionally, after creating a free account, teachers
are able to create student accounts that offer students a place to view assignments and

United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2018a). Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides and
Online Environmental Resources for Educators. Retrieved March 16, 2018, from EPA:
This website offers a variety of lesson plans, teacher guides and online environmental
resources for educators. The environmental and science based educational material spans
grade levels K-12, and are categorized by topic. Some of the topics included are climate
change, ecosystems, energy, and waste.

United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2018b). Trash-Free Waters. Retrieved March
16, 2018, from EPA:
This website is the EPA’s home page for trash-free waters specifically. Teachers can use
this as a resource for sources and movement of aquatic trash, and the impacts of
mismanaged trash. In addition to providing facts and research that can be used to support
what is being taught, there are many resources provided that teachers can also access for