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Polymers-Greaaaaaat Biiiiiig Molecuuuuuules
Students explore polymer properties. In this activity about polymers, students perform an experiment to understand polymers, their properties, and that they are formed from small molecules. Students role play pretending they are polymer molecules, examine polymer models, and make their own "silly putty".
5th - 7th Science 3 Views 5 Downloads
Playing with Polymers
Students recognize the meaning of a polymer and how they are synthesized and observe and compare the properties and phases of both synthetic and natural polymers. They conduct experiments in which they synthesize a variety of polymers and present their findings in a group Power Point presentation.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 30 Downloads
A Silly Polymer
Students conduct a cross link of a ploymer and observe the changes that occur. These changes would be the physical properties that change and the temperatures would vary. Each group using the cross-linking creates a polymer known as Silly Putty.
11th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 15 Downloads
Students investigate polymers by completing 3 experiments. In this polymer lesson plan, students mix plastic with acetone, they create polyurethane foam, they make slime and build a polymer model once their polyurethane foam is set. They also make any sort of shape with their polystyrene cup and complete a worksheet identifying the polymers in their home.
6th - 12th Science 4 Views 26 Downloads
Polymers Lab: Bouncy Ball and Slime
Eighth graders investigate chemical reactions to produce polymers. For this polymers lesson plan, 8th graders experiment with sodium silicate and ethyl alcohol to make a polymer. They also experiment with borax and glue to make a polymer. Students record observations and properties of the reactants and products and answer 7 questions about their discoveries.
8th Science 10 Views 65 Downloads
The Wonderful World of Polymers
Seventh graders investigate the concept of polymers. They discover unique properties and how polymers are natural. The instructional activity contains sufficient background information for the teacher. Students examine different types of materials and complete a KWL chart during the experiment.
7th Science 3 Views 15 Downloads
EGG-cellent POLYMER PACKAGING DESIGN
Learners investigate the concept of a polymer using an experimental design of protecting an egg in a bookbag. They test the properties of polymers and form an educated solution to the proposed problem. Then they describe the steps used in the designing of the polymer.
7th - 9th Science 4 Views 11 Downloads
The Spider Silk Project
Seventh graders study spiders. They view spider silk through a microscope and compare it to human hair or other fibrous materials. In groups, they compare the strength and elasticity of spider silk. Finally they watch a teacher demonstration on polymers.
7th Science 3 Views 13 Downloads
World of Plastics and Polymers
Learners investigate plastics and learn they are giant molecules made of carbon atoms. In this polymers and plastics lesson, students perform 3 activities which all include making polymers from household items such as milk and vinegar, glue and borax and acetone and foam peanuts.
7th - 12th Science 3 Views 44 Downloads
Cross-Linked Polymer Lab
Students use short-chain polymers and borate ions to produce cross-linked polymers in the lab. In this cross-linked polymer lesson plan, students produce polyvinyl acetate slime and polyvinyl alcohol slime and test their physical properties.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 8 Downloads
Catering Middle-School Science: Monomers, Polymers, and Macromolecules
Students investigate foods. In this biology lesson plan, students will conduct testing on different types of foods as they learn about different molecules that make them up. Students will also learn about the shapes of the molecules.
7th - 8th Science 17 Views 84 Downloads
Polymers and Products from Petroleum
Over four sessions, learners survey the production and use of polymers and petroleum products. First, they participate in a kinesthetic activity to demonstrate how polymers act, and review a list of common products made from polymers. They then spend three days conceiving, researching, and delivering a presentation about how life today would be different without petroleum products.
6th - 12th Science 3 Views 59 Downloads
Polymers and Crystals: Their Role in Food Science
Blend chemistry with cooking in this exploration of polymers, carbohydrates, and food science. Experimenting with gelatin produces concrete examples of the bonding and ploymerization discussed in the lesson. Copious, comprehensive teacher resource links are attached, so give yourself time (and don't give up!
10th - 12th 21st Century Skills 3 Views 8 Downloads