Fibers, Dyes, and the Environment

This Fibers, Dyes, and the Environment lesson plan also includes:

Nanofibers can be made through electrospinning or force spinning in order to reduce the negative impact on the environment. Pupils study the role of fibers and dye on the environment through a series of five hands-on activities. Then, they play different roles such as a manufacturer, the government, and the public in order to debate how to handle environmental issues. Finally, scholars gather data and write an argumentative essay to support their ideas for how to balance the needs of everyone in the community.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Think of other people in the community who should be involved in the discussion and create roles for them
  • Debate the role of the federal, state, and local governments in regulating pollution
Classroom Considerations

  • All safety gear should be worn during station one, and station four should be operated by an adult
Pros

  • Encourages taking various points of view in order to gain a new understanding of an issue
  • Combines hands-on activities, discussion, and writing to address many learning styles
  • Lists three extension activities for those wanting to go into more depth
Cons

  • None