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Students 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. Students role play pretending they are polymer molecules, examine polymer models, and make their own "silly putty". Students watch a final demonstration by the teacher.
Learners 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.
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. For 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.
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.
Young scholars 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.
Students create models of structural isomers, geometric isomers, and polymers.  In this chemistry lesson, students are given definitions and molecular model kits to create a variety of different isomers and polymers.
Try these hands on lessons dealing with polymers to get students thinking chemistry and the structure of molecules.
Learners explore the world of polymers. In this chemistry instructional activity, students make polymers and observe their properties. Follow-up questions and extension activities are included.
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.
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.
Students 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.
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.
Students 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.
Students 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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars answer 6 questions about their investigation results and about cross-linked polymers.
In this polymer learning exercise, learners make two types of cross linked polymers and they test their physical properties. These include their response to agitation, stretchability, viscosity, and resilience.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars will also learn about the shapes of the molecules.
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. Resource contains extensive explanation about formation, properties, and uses of petroleum.
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!) to read and digest the information if chemistry is not your strong suit. 

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