I can’t think of anything that provides more serious fun than making and playing around with slime. From elementary to college level this material can be used to teach the very basics of material science to advanced topics like polymers and cross-linking. This activity provides you with a means of teaching a number of very important scientific concepts within a spectrum from simple to complex; and students young to old – it’s your choice.
Zip Labs are science and math activities broken down into ‘horizontal & vertical’ educational increments. By ‘horizontal’ increments I mean each activity can be completed in a minimum of 60 minutes. However, the teacher, and/or student may choose to extend the activity over a longer time period or even days. By ‘vertical’ increments I mean each activity is broken down into segments according to grade and difficulty level. So teachers and/or students can decide where to start and how far to go with the topic.
Each Zip Lab includes potentially much more than any teacher will use at the particular grade level he or she may teach. However, it is my hope that teachers, and students, at lower grade levels will gain valuable insight by looking ahead to see how their teaching/learning will be applied in the future. While teachers and students at higher grade levels can reflect on topics that they should have learned in earlier grades. It is my hope that students see their education as a continuum rather than a series of disconnected and random topics.
Zip Labs include diagrams and illustrations that I hope are appealing to a wide range of ages. However, teachers can choose to omit them if they like. Also included is a Common Core ‘Depth of Knowledge’ and grade level range ‘sliding’ indicator to help students visualize the relevance of their work.
SLIME! Lab Science Activity: What you get…
Activity cover sheet
Procedure and; instructions
Explorations and; observations worksheet
Slime and the classification of matter activity summary worksheets
Slime and organic chemistry worksheets
Slime independent projects
-Depth of Knowledge and; Grade Level Slide Indicator Graphics
This unit activity meets or exceeds 21st Century and STEM learning expectations, and Common Core learning outcomes. Note: although ZIP-labs fulfill many CCSS specific CCS standards are not listed because ZIP-labs are designed to be used over many graded levels so the specific CCSS may be different depending upon these factors. For a list of CCSS in your state please visit http://www.corestandards.org
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