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Author

Green Ninja

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology

Resource Types

  • Video, 2 minutes, 10 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

Global

No Straws Please

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Synopsis
  • This short animated video includes a song about the negative effects of straws on the environment and the need to stop using them.
  • This video is a fun way to teach younger students about reducing plastic consumption and plastic pollution, and it includes discussion questions and additional links.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The video uses a catchy song and engaging animations to communicate an important message.
  • The video links reducing our use of straws to protecting wildlife.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with terms like sustainability and pollution before watching the video.
  • The song is fast-paced at times and may need to be paused between verses or replayed.

Differentiation

  • This resource can also be used in economics classes during lessons about the effects of reducing consumption on the supply and demand of a product.
  • For more advanced classes, challenge students to consider how using straws is tied to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
  • Science classes can use this video when discussing pollution, aquatic animals, or decomposition.
  • Similar resources include this video on fast composting and this video about walking to save energy.
Scientist Notes
This video centers around a group of friends, along with the green ninja, investigating the use of plastic straws. This video would make a great addition to a classroom discussing the dangers of plastic straws and how their use can have a negative impact on the planet.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Language (K-12)
      • L.3.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • SL.6.5 Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
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