Polymers—Gifted and Talented Chemistry

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Polymers are an important part of our day-to-day lives, but how much do your pupils know about them? Learn the basics and beyond in a series of activities designed to build skills in observation, planning, organic chemistry, and bonding.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the first activity as a competition between lab groups to see who can develop the strongest glue
  • Expand upon the lesson using one of the several links to activities included in the teacher's guide
Classroom Considerations
  • Discuss pi and sigma bonds before passing out student materials, if this topic has not already been covered
  • Facts about polymer products in the lab are from the United Kingdom; consider inserting similar facts from closer to home to make the lesson more relevant
Pros
  • Resource packs several different polymers into a neatly constructed series of experiments
  • The explanations of polymer chemistry are very well-written
Cons
  • None