In this activity children consider what other materials could be used to make bags and choose a suitable material to stop using plastic bags.
A recent newspaper article had the headline 'Could you live without plastic bags?' Local campaigners in Modbury (Devon) have got the support from the local community and local shops and have banned plastic bags altogether. They are the first town in Britain to do so. This was partly in response to the announcement that M&S were putting a 5p charge on plastic bags, but mainly as a result of the environmental damage that our reliance on carrier bags has caused.
Children will consider what other materials could be used to make bags. They will choose a suitable material and design a poster to persuade their local community to stop using plastic bags.
- that different materials have different properties
Children will learn:
- to choose a suitable material for a known purpose
- to use knowledge and understanding of materials to form a persuasive argument
These resources were initially developed in partnership with the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University.