Sink or Swim?

What's with all the numbers on plastic products? Learners complete an in-depth analysis of the physical properties of the different plastic types. They connect the properties of the plastics to uses and test their observation skills by attempting to classify a mystery plastic sample.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils become experts on one type of plastic and present on its properties and uses
Classroom Considerations
  • Allow time to collect and prepare materials for the activity
  • Expects a basic understanding of identifying physical properties
  • Highlights female professionals who contribute to the field
  • Video support supplements information valuable to the lesson
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