Anchorage Museum

Gyre Lesson Plans

Gyre Lesson Plans offer classroom activity ideas on themes in the Anchorage Museum's art and science exhibition Gyre: The Plastic Ocean.

All student programs align to Content Standards for Alaska Students, Cultural Standards for Educators, and Alaska Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools.

In addition to this website/DVD, teachers are encouraged to obtain a copy of the exhibition book, Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, published by Booth-Clibborn Editions, for the complete texts of the essays that are excerpted here, and for photographs of artwork and graphics not on the website. The catalog can be purchased at the Anchorage Museum Shop or online.

Lesson Plan Summary and Standards


Marine Debris Masks

Lesson 7: Marine Debris Masks

Tires Underwater by Elizabeth Leader
Pencil drawing
Buffalo, New York

Lesson plans created by Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Art lessons created in partnership with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and the Washed Ashore Project.

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

Gyre Activity Guide
Gyre Educator Guide
Gyre Field Trip Sheet K-6
Gyre Field Trip Sheet 7-12