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Natural Synthetic Materials Impact on Society Activity Project Timeline MS-PS1-3

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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21 pages
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EASY NGSS MS-PS1-3 ACTIVITY - JUST PRINT, CUT, ASSEMBLE! Everything you need is included for students to create a Natural and Synthetic Materials Impact on Society Timeline or bulletin board. Students find out how 20 influential materials have impacted human society over time.

TWO VERSIONS are provided - Version One requires students to research 20 materials (specific prompts provided) and Version Two gives them 20 pre-made informational cards about specific materials. The only supplies necessary are regular copier paper, glue, and colored pencils.

Here's the Process for Students:

  • Tape or glue together the provided timeline templates (4 - 8.5"x11" sheets)
  • Color code the 20 material boxes according to their source
  • Attach information boxes to the timeline
  • Enter the dates
  • Add pictures (provided) to each of the entries

What's Included:

  • 20 Materials Research Cards for students to complete (for Version One)
  • 20 Pre-Made Material Cards (for Version Two)
  • 20 materials pictures
  • Printable timeline templates
  • Student instructions
  • Teacher notes

NO COLOR PRINTING IS REQUIRED! The pictures look better in color, but still print fine in black and white. The information boxes are colored by students with colored pencils.

Some of the influential materials included are: penicillin, polyethylene (plastic), paclitaxel (Taxol, cancer drug), sodium stearate (soap), sodium hypochlorite (bleach), etc.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. Examples of the design process include examining human environmental impacts, assessing the kinds of solutions that are feasible, and designing and evaluating solutions that could reduce that impact. Examples of human impacts can include water usage (such as the withdrawal of water from streams and aquifers or the construction of dams and levees), land usage (such as urban development, agriculture, or the removal of wetlands), and pollution (such as of the air, water, or land).
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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