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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.
Polymers-Greaaaaaat Biiiiiig Molecuuuuuules
Learners explore polymer properties. In this lesson about polymers, students perform an experiment to understand polymers, their properties, and that they are formed from small molecules. Learners role play pretending they are polymer molecules, examine polymer models, and make their own "silly putty". Students watch a final demonstration by the teacher.
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.
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.
From DNA to Silly Putty, The Diverse World of Polymers
Polymers make up nearly everything in the world around us; some are naturally occurring, while others are synthetic. Learn about how polymers form, what they are used for, and some of the potential environmental and health dangers of certain man-made polymers. Introduce your class to the wonderful and wacky world of polymers through a video and short assessment, then continue researching by following the links in the Dig Deeper section.
Students explain the meaning of a polymer, observe and compare the properties of a polymer, and describe the relationship between smaller individual molecules joined together to form the larger polymer molecules.
Polymers Lab: Bouncy Ball and Slime
Eighth graders investigate chemical reactions to produce polymers. In 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.
Real-World Projects: Challenges from the Polymer Industry
Two scenarios are presented for chemistry detectives to decipher. Both require the use of an infrared spectrometer and focus on the examination of polymer materials. In the first, lumps in polyethylene bottles are analyzed. In the second, two specific brands of plastic food wrap are compared. Lab groups can choose from one of these two open-ended science inquiries. They are both terrific lessons for studying properties of polymers, spectroscopy, or simply practicing the scientific process.
Fun with Polymers!
A polymer investigation is on the horizon and here are four separate learning activities to do the job. The resource provides background information for the teacher and a wonderful analogy to help learners understand polymers and plastics. It also provides four activities each with full instructions, images, discussion, and added information. Kids can make a Borax bouncy ball, investigate sodium alginate and molecular gastronomy, work with recyclable plastics, and play with those super cool diaper hydrogels. No matter how you use this resource, your class will be engaged and learning about polymers!
Isomers and Polymers
Students create models of structural isomers, geometric isomers, and polymers. In this chemistry lesson plan, students are given definitions and molecular model kits to create a variety of different isomers and polymers.
Polymer Lesson Plans
Try these hands on lessons dealing with polymers to get students thinking chemistry and the structure of molecules.
Learners explore change in physical properties of polymer as result of cross-linking. Students consider result of adding more cross-linking agents to polymer, view model of cross-linking, and complete monomer identification.
Learners examine and determine properties of polymers. They explore basic concepts of polymer chemistry and work in groups to produce a polymer, slime. In addition, they list examples of every day polymers and their benefits.
World of Plastics and Polymers
Young scholars investigate plastics and learn they are giant molecules made of carbon atoms. For 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.
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. Students answer 6 questions about their investigation results and about cross-linked polymers.
Cross-Linked Polymer Lab
In this polymer worksheet, students make two types of cross linked polymers and they test their physical properties. These include their response to agitation, stretchability, viscosity, and resilience.
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.
Playing With Polymers
Students explore the world of polymers. In this chemistry lesson, students make polymers and observe their properties. Follow-up questions and extension activities are included.
Playing With Polymers
Students explore the world of polymers. In this chemistry lesson plan, students make polymers and observe their properties. Follow-up questions and extension activities are included.
The Wonderful World of Polymers
Seventh graders investigate the concept of polymers. They discover unique properties and how polymers are natural. The lesson contains sufficient background information for the teacher. Students examine different types of materials and complete a KWL chart during the experiment.