Toothbrush Troubles!

This term our inquiry unit is called ‘I sea I care’. We worked out that in a year if everyone in our whole school (including all the staff) used 4 toothbrushes we would use around 1776 toothbrushes. That’s a lot of toothbrushes going to landfill! This will destroy the environment and marine life. In 3/4w we discussed that this is very alarming so we decided to create jobs for everyone in the class to provide help to the environment and marine life, because toothbrushes are not always recycled. We discovered an organisation called Terracycle, which helps to reduce the amount of plastic in the environment by recycling used toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. So we decided we would help Terracycle by collecting used toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. please bring your old  toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes and place them in the 3/4W boxes!

Kindly Regards

Shauna  & Elizabeth (students of 3/4w)

Do you care about the marine environment and why? What can you do to help the marine environment?

Marine presentations- Post by Dhriti

Our integrated unit this term is called I sea I care, it is all about marine life. As part as our unit we were asked to pick a specific animal and make a presentation to share with our class, we had to include our animals habitat, what they eat, who eats them and their life span. Here are some of our presentations:

What’s your favourite marine animal and why? 

Save the animals! I sea I care marine issues

Guess how many marine animals are endangered right now? There are approximately 2,215 endangered or threatened marine species in the world.

3/4W were sent a task by the I Sea, I care Assignment Desk (that is the 3/4 teachers) to research an issue that is a problem for the marine world. We have started making videos about these issues and came up with 92 solutions altogether to help solve these problems. Here are some of the issues we thought were important:

How might we help the ocean for animals in the daylight zone so that they don’t get hit by ships?

How might we stop global warming for the animals living on the ice so that they can still have ice to live on?

How might we get rid of pollution and rubbish in the sea for the marine animals so they don’t get extinct and die?

How might we stop dolphins/sharks/whales from getting caught in nets so they don’t become endangered?

How might we stop people from littering for the marine animals so that they don’t get sick or die?

How might we stop oil from leaking for the ocean so that animals won’t have a polluted home?

How might we stop people from over hunting for the marine animals so that there will be more animals?

How might we stop global warming for the coral so there will be no more coral bleaching?
3/4W have been trying to help solve marine problems by researching and coming up with solutions. These are some of the solutions we came up with in 10 minutes:

Use solar cars so there is less pollution

Make an alarm to scare animals away from nets

Create a law where no one is to go within 20km of harp seals and whales

Make oil evaporate like what water does

Don’t litter

Create a certain fishing area where dolphins can’t go

Don’t use nets to fish

Invent a spray to spray on ice so it doesn’t melt

Can you think of any other solutions for solving our problems? Or can you think of another important marine issue?