Invisible Pollution – More Than A Class Project

Writers don’t have to have grey hair. Some start young, like John Del Prete’s class that recently published “Invisible Pollution”, a book and presentation about ocean acidification and how it is affecting life in and around the Salish Sea. That’s an impressive start to any writer’s career. This was a significant project, partly funded by NOAA and in partnership with Oak Harbor as well as Port Townsend schools. 

Their work was divided among the entire class:, illustrations, writing, and the necessary research to back up their observations about the sources of ocean acidification, the consequences like weakened shells for shellfish and the impacts of the rest of the food chain – a food chain that we are a part of. 

It will be interesting watching these students as they progress, seeing what this work inspires in their lives. For now, listen to the podcast to hear six young voices, their teacher and mentor, and of course interruptions by Don and Tom. You might eventually be able to say, “I knew about them back when they were young and just getting started.”

(By the way, keep in mind that these podcasts are live, so don’t be surprised if there’s a factual error or two. Everyone involved is human. Imperfections are part of the reality.)

Writing on Whidbey Island (WOWI) episode 14 – Students from John Del Prete’s 4th Grade Class at Crescent Harbor Elementary School, Invisible Pollution

3 thoughts on “Invisible Pollution – More Than A Class Project

  1. How awesome is that to teach both a creative project AND conservation together. Way to go, John. Keep up the inspiring good work. Thanks for sharing this, Don and Tom.

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  2. I want to correct a mistake made during the podcast about the pH scale. The pH scale increases or decreases 10x each number not 1,000x. So the change from 8.1 to 7.1 in pH during the lab was a 10x decrease in pH.

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