GEMS-U:  What Goes Around Comes Around, the Pacific Trash Vortex

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Multimedia Details Title: GEMS-U:  What Goes Around Comes Around, the Pacific Trash Vortex
Creator: Ella F, Sydney K, Mary M, Madelyn S, Ashton T, Sarah X
Submitted By: Nancy McGowan, Bluff Park Elementary School, Hoover City

Bluff Park Elementary, Hoover City Schools


Six fifth grade girls, with a passion for our environment,t teamed together for the Girls Engaged in Math & Science project to learn about the Pacific Trash Vortex.  The podcast includes geographic information, the impact it has on sea life, an original Stop Motion video, and informational links to guide others regarding this phenomenon.

Length: 5:54
Content Areas: Science
Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:
SC (3)
13. Describe ways to sustain natural resources, including recycling, reusing, conserving, and protecting the environment.
  • Recognizing the impact of society on human health and environmental conditions
  • SC (9-12) Environmental Elective
    12. Identify positive and negative effects of human activities on biodiversity.
  • Identifying endangered and extinct species locally, regionally, and worldwide
  • Identifying causes for species extinction locally, regionally, and worldwide
  • SC (9-12) Marine Biology Elective
    11. Describe positive and negative effects of human influence on marine environments.
    positive—reef restoration, protection of endangered species;
    negative—pollution, overfishing
    SC2015 (9-12) Environmental Science
    3. Use mathematics and graphic models to compare factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems.
    SC2015 (9-12) Environmental Science
    6. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to describe how human activity may affect biodiversity and genetic variation of organisms, including threatened and endangered species.
    SC2015 (9-12) Environmental Science
    11. Engage in argument from evidence to defend how coastal, marine, and freshwater sources (e.g., estuaries, marshes, tidal pools, wetlands, beaches, inlets, rivers, lakes, oceans, coral reefs) support biodiversity, economic stability, and human recreation.