But more than that, it also gives us an opportunity to tie the content areas to the arts as we go out into the world--yielding over-sized clipboards, watercolor paper, paint brushes, and paint. We were also carrying a multitude of watercolor techniques.
So, this 3rd grade field trip for me wasn't just a great field trip. Instead, it became more like eco-tourism. "Eco-art-ism" perhaps is the better terminology. But isn't it true that this is what makes learning "real" to kids: True connections to real life. Hands-on experiences. Taking in the beauty and nature that surrounds us. Being active and taking action. Gaining an appreciation for the Chesapeake Bay...seeing the fragility of our bay...protecting the bay.
- 80% of ocean pollution begins on land; a plastic bottle can take 450 years to degrade;
- For every 1 ton of plastic we recycle, we save almost 2,000 pounds of oil;
- The exact amount of plastic entering the Pacific Ocean is unknown, and may be unknowable. But what is certain is that the Garbage Patch has grown in size, and so has the density of plastic within its vortex;.
- Each year, plastic litter in the ocean kills 100,000 turtles, dolphins, whales, and other marine mammals, and 1 million seabirds.