Moby Ick

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Main Topic of Video: Human waste in the oceans

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Frame:

  1. The episode refers to a sea monster named Moby Ick. What is the significance of its name?
  2. How does garbage in the ocean affect the environment?
  3. How does our garbage end up in the oceans?

Focus:

  1. Who is Moby Ick?
  2. How does the Green Ninja put a stop to Moby Ick?
  3. Why does the boy think he can help Green Ninja fight the ocean monster by picking up trash from the creek?

 Follow-up:

  1. Is Moby Ick real?
  2. What immediate individual actions can you take to prevent garbage from entering into the oceans?
  3. What actions can your community take to prevent garbage from entering into the oceans?

 

Answers to Discussion Questions

Frame:

  1. The episode refers to a sea monster name Moby Ick. What is the significance of its name?

Moby Ick is a pun based on the title and plot of the famous novel “Moby Dick,” which is about a great white whale that is hunted by a sea captain in his quest to get revenge on the whale for previously destroying his ship.

  1. How does garbage in the ocean affect the environment?

Most of the garbage that ends up in the ocean is plastic. Some plastics do not biodegrade at any significant rate while others do it very slowly if exposed to the right conditions. Therefore, it all remains suspended in the ocean for years. Birds and other sea animals mistake the trash for food and can die from consuming plastic and other human waste.

  1. How does our garbage end up in the oceans?

People litter or wind blows trash out of a garbage can, which ends up in a storm drain or waterway. The garbage travels through storm drain tunnels into the waterways, which eventually lead into the ocean.

Focus:

  1. Who is Moby Ick?

He is an ocean monster (in the shape of a whale) representative of all the garbage floating around in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

  1. How does the captain put a stop to Moby Ick?

He uses a trash picker/clamp to pick up trash from the ocean.

  1. Why does the boy think he can help Green Ninja fight the ocean monster by picking up trash from the creek?

All sources of water flow downward and eventually end up in the ocean. Any trash in the local creek could potentially travel its way into the ocean. One less piece of trash near the creek means one less piece of trash that will end up in the ocean.

Follow-up:

  1. Is Moby Ick real?

Even though Moby Ick is a graphic representation of garbage in the Pacific Ocean, there is a real location called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” where a huge area of garbage has collected in the middle of the Pacific Ocean due to the circular movement of the North Pacific Gyre. (Have students study this infographic and have a class discussion on their thoughts after reading it).

  1. What immediate individual actions can you take to prevent garbage from entering into the oceans?

Possible answers: Reducing your consumption = reducing the amount of waste that is produced. If you see trash on the ground, pick it up and dispose of it properly.

  1. What actions can your community take to prevent garbage from entering into the oceans?

Possible answer: organize or help a local creek/ waterway cleanup so people can come together and pick up the trash lying around neighborhood creeks.

 

ADDITIONAL TOPICS AND LEARNING EXPERIENCES

WikiHow has a post on “How to Help Prevent Damage to Our Oceans” which has 10 steps/pieces of advice on how we can help our oceans. Have the class read this together and have a class discussion on the various suggestions. As an extension activity, students could focus on one of the steps to do further research and a mini-PBL experience. They conduct research on a subtopic they’re interested in and could possibly make a PSA or call-to-action for the public.

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES AND RESOURCES

 

 

 

Credit: This teacher resource has been adapted from content originally developed by Hannah Sun.

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