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2nd Grade Community Based Learning

Integrated with the second grade tide pools unit in science, CBL classes are focused on exploring Marine Debris. How does trash get into the ocean? What types of marine debris can be found in the ocean, in what form, and where? How are scientists studying marine debris, in particular, plastics in the ocean? How much marine debris is in the ocean? Students come to their knowledge about the impacts human have on the ocean environment through inquiry, and begin to generate ideas on ways they can help. This integrated unit is comprised of a student initiated community service project that manifests at CDS, and a series of beach cleanups where classes chart and track the types of items collected. Second graders become passionate advocates for marine life and for educating others about what they learn.