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Google Slides Digital Natural Resources Synthetic Materials Impact on Society

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7th - 10th
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Assign this digital Google Slides activity in Google Classroom for distance learning! High-interest informational text and analysis about synthetic and natural chemicals, how they differ, and how several specific examples have impacted society. NGSS MS-PS1-3

This NGSS activity has 2 parts.

First, students read a 4-page article "Natural & Synthetic Chemicals: Good Guys & Bad Guys". The reading is specifically designed to support MS-PS1-3, describing natural and synthetic chemicals, how synthetic chemicals can be made from natural resources, and many interesting examples of how chemicals have impacted society in both negative and positive ways.

Then, students complete a 2-page analysis worksheet based on the text and their own ideas about the importance (and future) of chemicals.

The reading is middle school level, and suitable for a heterogeneous mix of student abilities. Students will find it engaging, and the examples listed are of high interest.

Find the PDF version of this activity HERE.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society. Emphasis is on natural resources that undergo a chemical process to form the synthetic material. Examples of new materials could include new medicine, foods, and alternative fuels. Assessment is limited to qualitative information.
Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems. Examples of evidence include grade-appropriate databases on human populations and the rates of consumption of food and natural resources (such as freshwater, mineral, and energy). Examples of impacts can include changes to the appearance, composition, and structure of Earth’s systems as well as the rates at which they change. The consequences of increases in human populations and consumption of natural resources are described by science, but science does not make the decisions for the actions society takes.


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