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This bundle was specifically designed for NGSS MS-PS1-3: Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.
: In this activity, students will:
- READ the 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.
- ANSWER analysis questions based on the text and their own ideas about the importance (and future) of chemicals.
: This activity has 2 parts:
- ARTICLE: Students read a handout that describes the process by which crude oil is separated based on the individual boiling points of its components. Students learn how materials such as kerosene, gasoline, and lubrication oils are separated in a fractionating column based solely on their boiling point.
- WORKSHEET: Students label a diagram of a fractionating column and answer 6 text-dependent review questions.
: This activity includes the following components:
- CHOICE: Students choose from a provided list of 17 "materials of the future".
- RESEARCH: Students follow clear instructions to use the internet to find information about their material, including its source, its properties and function, and its potential impact on society in the future. To make the research easier, students are provided a "Research Organizer" that serves as a guide for what questions to research as well as a place to record their findings.
- PRESENTATION: Students create a presentation (using their or your choice of applications such as Google Slides or Canva) to present what they have learned.
: 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. TWO VERSIONS are provided. 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.
: This web activity is not based on any particular website, rather students use Google to find the specifically requested information. Therefore, it is best suited to classes that can independently find information online and pull information from text. In this webquest, students will:
- Define synthetic and natural materials.
- Research 8 different products, each of which has a natural and synthetic version. List the source of the material, properties, and function of each version (synthetic or natural).
- Research the advantages and disadvantages of 3 commonly used materials that have both synthetic and natural versions.
Answer keys included.
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