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ERIC Number: EJ1002602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Yellow Ducks Overboard! A Lesson in Geography and World Citizenship
Nagel, Paul; Beauboeuf, Donna
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v25 n2 p5-7 Nov-Dec 2012
This lesson was inspired by the book, "10 Little Rubber Ducks" by Eric Carle, which discusses ocean pollution. The book was inspired by an incident in 1992: A shipping container tumbled into the North Pacific Ocean, broke open, and 28,800 little rubber ducks (and other plastic bath toys) were lost at sea. The ducks were manufactured in China, and they were on their way to being sold in U.S. stores. This accident was an example of plastic pollution, but it also provided scientists with an opportunity to study the speed and direction of ocean waters traveling over the Earth. The ducks washed up on shores of North America and Asia over the next decade, and were even carried by Arctic currents to the Atlantic ocean, winding up on British shores 15 years after the spill. The story of the rubber ducks provides students with concrete examples of one of the ways the ocean can become polluted, introduces them to a map of the world, and enables these first graders to make connections between children's immediate surroundings and the larger world around them. (Contains 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A