Tires Shouldn’t Retire

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Rubber and latex, it is all about the bounce. Small groups observe the elastic properties of a rubber band. They then make a rubber ball from liquid latex and determine its elasticity by bouncing it. A reading passage provides pupils with the background information on the production of rubber and tires. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Research the vulcanizing process
  • Compare the bounce of the ball made in class to that of a store-bought rubber ball
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity involves latex; be sure no pupil has a latex allergy
  • The third in a series of of six activities on recycling

  • The teacher pages contain sample answers to the reflection questions
  • The activity page has a journal question, providing a critical thinking component to the lesson

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