All plastics contain polymers, but not all polymers are plastic. Young chemists make their own polymer and compare the properties to those of other states of matter. After a reading passage, pupils answer analysis questions about natural polymers as well as synthetic. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Bring in a variety of non-Newtonian fluids to introduce the activity
  • Research how the human stomach is able to digest natural polymers
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  • The seventh lesson in a series of nine

  • The lesson includes extension ideas
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