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Getting Silly with Putty
Introduce polymers to your 4th - 8th graders for the first time. Chemists mix glue with a Borax solution to create a cross-linked polymer and compare its properties to the properties of the original materials. This is a classic activity for teaching polymers to this age group, but the teacher's notes and student activity sheets will really help keep everyone focused.
4th - 8th Science 3 Views 10 Downloads
Simple Tensile Testing of Polymeric Films and Sheeting
Chemistry classes pretend to be consultants to a grocery story trying to decide what polymer to use for therir new non-paper bags. They prepare tensile bars and use them to test plastic film samples for strength and stretchability. Both plastic and elastomer are examined.
9th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 7 Downloads
Plastics by the Numbers
High schoolers investigate plastic resins and their uses. In this plastics lesson plan, students describe major plastic resins and what they are used for, they compare and contrast the properties of plastic resins and they list products that different resins become when recycled.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 6 Downloads
Investigation of Crystallinity in Polymeric Materials
A kaleidoscope is constructed using polarizing polymer paper and then low-density polyethylene, high-density polyethylene, and polypropylene are all melted onto individual glass slides and examined through a microscope. The intent is to choose a material that could be used as a container for beer, keeping oxygen out and carbon dioxide in.
11th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 2 Downloads
Though this isn't the neatest reproduction of a worksheet, the exercises in understanding organic molecules are invaluable. In addition to answering questions about the general structure of biomolecules, diagrams displaying a condensation reaction and hydrolysis are provided for learners to assess.
9th - Higher Ed Science 18 Views 68 Downloads
Chemistry of Carbon
After giving basic details about the properties of carbon, some of the common functional groups and molecules are featured. There is some information about specific functions and impact on the human body. The diagrams are helpful and could be used in any individual lesson on this topic.
9th - 12th Science 11 Views 89 Downloads
Chemistry of Carbon: Building Blocks of Life
After giving basic details about the properties of Carbon, some of the common functional groups and molecules are featured. There are some details about specific functions and impact on the human body. The diagrams are helpful and could be used in any individual lesson on this topic.
9th - 11th Science 5 Views 4 Downloads
Organic Chemistry Review
In this organic chemistry review worksheet, students answer 10 questions about different organic molecules. They draw structures, they name structures, they draw polymers, they identify the type of isomer given molecules are and they identify functional groups.
10th - Higher Ed Science 10 Views 103 Downloads
A nine-page narrative gives you the material needed to teach high schoolers about molecular structure, in particular, that of sugars. You may want to display the accompanying molecule diagrams through a projector to increase understanding. After the lecture, learners go to the lab to calibrate a thermometer and combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, and boiling water to concoct a sweet confection.
9th - 12th Science 11 Views 12 Downloads
Students perform a chemical reaction experiment. In this chemical reaction lesson, students mix familiar chemicals together to make polymer. Students decide if they made a liquid or a solid. Students then research polymer and share the information with the class.
3rd - 5th Science 3 Views 13 Downloads
Building a Glass of Water
Learners construct a water molecule using sweets. In this atomic structure lesson plan, students watch small video clips and then construct their own water molecule. The lesson plan includes a video for learners to watch, and a hands-on finishing activity of building a water molecule from gummy bears.
9th - 12th Science 10 Views 21 Downloads
Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall
Students study chiral molecules and why they are important in carbohydrate and protein chemistry. They determine the different biochemical properties of molecules. They watch a teacher lead multimedia presentation and build models before designing a slideshow of their own.
9th - 12th Science 4 Views 15 Downloads
IUPAC Rules for Naming Compounds with Functional Groups
In this naming compounds with functional groups worksheet, students read about using the IUPAC rules for naming these compounds and they draw structures for 3 -carbon, 2-carbon and 4-carbon molecules and give the names for each.
9th - Higher Ed Science 12 Views 77 Downloads
Observation Milk Fat Lesson
Turn your class loose to experiment with the different fat content in skim milk, whole milk, half and half, and heavy cream. This is a visually vibrant experiment, as learners drip food coloring on the surface of the products and measure how far it spreads.
8th - 10th Health 8 Views 24 Downloads
Ninth graders generate and analyze data to determine which and how much of two polymers best absorb oils, formulate procedure to accurately determine how many times its own weight particular polymer can absorb, and develop understanding of chemical nature and possible applications of various polymers.
9th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads
Science of Slime
Students create a borax solution to process the slime they are creating. With the sheer size of the PVA molecules, students get a real world example of how large organic molecules can become. The see the conductivity, malleability, solubility, hardness, melting point, and boiling point of the substance as they create it.
10th - 12th Science 4 Views 10 Downloads
Chewing the Plastic
Students explore materials by researching plastic. For this polymers lesson, students identify the many items in their households that utilize plastic and experiment with some of them in class. Students visit a recycling program outside of school or create collages from recycled plastic items.
3rd - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 10 Downloads