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Join in the fight against single-use plastics!

Feb 2023

When it comes to plastic, 2023 is an exciting year in Canada. The sale of single-use plastic bags will be banned in December of this year. Canada is working towards the goal of zero plastic waste by 2030 and there’s lots we can do to help.    This month, we’re featuring resources to help talk about this issue in your classroom, and in keeping with the mission of Earth Rangers, activities that can help your students take eco-action!
Here’s how it works:
Take a look at the list of Plastic-Free For a Week Habits. For one week, have every student in your class keep track of their plastic-free habits using the My Plastic-Free Habits Chart. At the end of the week, tally up all the habits and complete Our Class Habits.
Submit your results by April 3rd, 2023 (11:59pm PST), and your class will be entered to win an Earth Rangers prize!
This contest is open to all Canadian elementary school classes (excluding Quebec). The winning class will be featured on the Earth Rangers website.
Let’s see how many habits we can log together!
As a warm up, Earth Rangers has prepared an interactive quiz about plastics: click here to take it!  
The complete lesson plan and accompanying worksheets can be found on Earth Rangers Homeroom.
Did you know that Earth Rangers has a whole site dedicated to ready-to-use resources for educators?
This activity and many more can be found on Earth Rangers Homeroom.  

Ma classe éco, the French version of Homeroom, is coming soon! Stay tuned for more information…
Possible discussion questions:
What can we use instead of plastic bags? How can plastic bags be reused?  How can we use less plastic bags? Why is it important to use less plastic bags?
Extension activity: Make posters or visit other classes to raise awareness of the impact plastic bags have on the environment and what we can do to fix this problem. 
VIDEO: Canada Geographic: Problem with plastic in the ocean (2020). This short video can help your students understand the problem of plastics in the ocean.  

BOOK: One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon (2015, Millbrook Press). This inspirational illustrated storybook tells the true story of an initiative by Gambian women to recycle plastic bags. Supporting material can be found on the book’s website.
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