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This comprehensive Middle School NGSS activity pack on Synthetic and Natural resources is designed to align with the NGSS Middle School MS-PS1-3 standards.
MS-PS1-3. Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.
This pack contains 6 activities that can be used individually as is or combined to make science stations (signage is included).
The activities are:
1. Watch It - In this activity the students are asked to watch some Youtube videos on vitamins and diamonds (both natural and synthetic) and answer the accompanying questions.
2. Analyze It! - Students will analyse a graph showing synthetic trends and answer the questions on the student handout.
3. Sort It! - The students must sort the items into either natural or synthetic. Then they must pick 2 from each list and give reasons as to why they are on that list.
4. Illustrate It! -The students are supplied with text and must read it and then create either an infographic, comic, poster or diagram showing how the synthetic material is produced from a natural resource.
5. Read It! - At this station the students will read a scientifically referenced article on the societal impact of plastic. Short questions check their understanding of the article.
6. Explain It! - This activity is designed to elicit their understanding of the unit and should take place at the end of the unit/stations.
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