Natural Resources and Synthetic Materials

All synthetic materials began as natural materials. An engaging lesson begins with a hands-on activity and an example of the type of research that scholars perform independently. Then pupils receive a topic and begin researching the origins of a synthetic material, the chemical processes used, and any negative or positive impacts to society. Lesson is the last in a series of 12.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a rubric for grading the research and provide it to students before they begin
  • Debate if the phrases all natural or synthetic are viewed negatively or positively and which is more accurate
Classroom Considerations

  • Be aware of any allergies and sensitivities to dye for the hands-on portion
  • Lesson is the last in a series of 12
Pros

  • Uses a 5E lesson format
  • Provides a list of possible research topics
  • Includes a listing of online resources to help research every included topic
Cons

  • None
NGSS