Schoolchildren provide information about plastic

The war on plastic is a major issue worldwide as Sacred Heart Primary School second grade students researched, took notes, and wrote articles on the subject last semester.

Second grade teachers Caitlyn Seymour, Kellie Cowan, Emma Kerr, Erica Bolton, and Alison Stacey worked with students throughout the semester, focusing on two different topics, one on the topic of plastic waste, while also working on a new skill learned to write articles.

Last Friday I had the privilege of visiting the students and learning more about the subject from them, answering questions about my job as a journalist and helping them bring all aspects together in the creation of their articles.

What pleasantly surprised me is how well these students built their articles, which presented the most important information from the start while keeping the audience interested.

Students were also curious about the process of writing an article, asking a series of questions about what is the starting point of an article, how much research is being done, whether different colors can be used for headings in the work, and how long it will take until write it.

These students were also very polite, attentive, and excited to share their own work, which created a great environment.

As many of us know, plastic is dramatically damaging our environment and we need to do more to reduce the effects, but it wasn’t until these students shared their research that the sheer effects of this material became known.

Here is just a quick recap of some of the work done by second grade students.

“It’s horrible to think that Australia produces 3.5 billion tons of plastic waste every year. It is obvious that damage has already been done. Our underwater ecosystem is at risk! ”Brielle De Maria shared.

“Did you know that the first piece of plastic you used is still out there somewhere? Every year we use three and a half billion plastic items a year, that’s way too much plastic. We have to fix it now! ”Wrote Parker Cowan.

“Plastic straws are harmful to our ecosystem and marine life such as turtles have plastic straws stuck in their noses. They are injured and even killed. It’s time to stop and do something! ”Wrote Alex Pfeffer.

“Next time, think, don’t use plastic, use other materials like metal and a lot more. When you go to the stores, use reusable bags instead of throwing away plastic bags every time, ”said Isaac McLarty.

“Did you know that one in five things we buy is wasted and Australia produces 6,600 plastic straws and if they are not recycled they end up in our waterways,” wrote Ziera Levesque.

“Do you like the poor turtles with straws in their noses? Probably not! We have to stop now – the choice is yours. Paper straw or plastic? Remember, everything ends up in landfills and it takes plastic up to 1000 years to break down, ”wrote Rosie Lidgerwood.

Although this is only a small part of the student work, all of the students presented their information in an interesting way and all of them wrote their articles well.

Well, finished second grade students!

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