Mar de plástico

I’ve been thinking about it for awhile.  It has been a unit that was eating at me!  I’ve gathered resources, thought about what I might create with them… but I never sat down and did it… until now!  It was a labor of love, let me tell you!  This is exactly what I wanted for my classroom (I’ll use the full version) but it is also something I wanted others to be able to share with their students.

Whether you know a lot or a little about ocean plastics, I think that this unit contains the information you need to be confident presenting it to your students!  I included a bibliography as well, in case you want to learn more!

Thank you for supporting all that I do, you guys have no idea how much I appreciate your kind words and encouragement!

They’re here! Three Plastic Ocean Units! Choose the one that meets your need:
The mini: 5 days
The abridged: 8-10 days
Or the full: 13-15 days
Don’t let the suggested days keep you from stretching the unit out as long (or going as fast) as you need to!  You don’t need all three.  Either choose the FULL and pick and choose activities you have time for, or choose the abridged or mini version to see what I would do if I were going to shorten to that amount of time!

Author: senoracmt

I began teaching Spanish in Illinois in 1994. I have taught levels 1-4 in a small rural high school, 8th grade introductory Spanish, Biology 1, and 101 and 102 at the community college level. My Spanish classes are partnered with the community college to offer students 8 semester hours of dual credit on completion of Spanish 4. In 2011 I met Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido and have since co-authored the book "La hija del sastre" with Carol Gaab and authored the novels "La Calaca Alegre", "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos." "Vector," "48 horas" and "Bananas" through Fluency Matters. In 2006 I became National Board certified and I have been serving as a mentor both for candidates seeking certification in world languages other than English and a virtual mentor for candidates in all certificate areas. I completed my Masters degree in Spanish education in 2011 and did my research on the use of Understanding by Design to create meaningful cultural units for the language classroom. I am a frequent presenter on this topic, please consider me if you are interested in a workshop on backward design. In 2013 I was named the ICTFL Foreign Language teacher of the year and in 2014 I was selected as CSCTFL's teacher of the year. In November of 2014 I was lucky enough to be one of the five finalists for the ACTFL National Teacher of the Year in San Antonio, TX. What a "Cinderella" experience! You can reach me via email at senoracmt at

3 thoughts

  1. Thanks for this Carrie! I’ve been saving videos on this along the way this year thinking of doing an extended lesson for my 4/5s but hadn’t gotten to it yet. Mil gracias por tu trabajo! Becky

  2. Carrie, you don’t happen to have a French version of these lying about? This would be an awesome unit for my split 3/4s next year.

    1. It is under construction! Catherine Ousselin is helping me with a translation!!! I’m so excited to have it available for French soon! I think it is an important topic in every language!

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