Students will follow the scientific method to answer the question:
Does the type of packaging material affect the ability of it to dissolve in water?
The investigation follows the* Next Generation Science Standards: Grade 3-5 Engineering Design Benchmark
Grade 5 Matter and Its' Interactions
Middle Level Matter and Its' Interactions.
Students will choose 3 different packing materials to see if any will dissolve in water. Corn starch packing peanuts will be a focus in the investigation. The focus will be on crop based verses petroleum based products. Students will begin to think about the impact man made products have on the environment. They will be able to label products as biodegradable or non-biodegradable. Also included is a rubric for students to write a research paper comparing 2 products. Students will be surprised by the results and teachers will love its' ease of use, simple materials, and higher order thinking skills. It is a great Earth Day activity.
Supplies: This is all you need!
6oz baby bottle or small mason jar
Packaging materials: cornstarch packing peanuts, shredded paper, polystyrene, bubble wrap, newspaper, tissue paper, polystyrene peanuts, and other materials you may have.
Included in the 19 page PDF digital download
Correlation to the *Next Generation Grade 5 Matter and Its' Interaction Benchmark
Correlation to the *Next Generation Middle Level Matter and Its' Interaction Benchmark
Background information with teacher tips and vocabulary
6 Page Science Journal with two conclusion pages to choose from.
Writing assignment with rubric to research and compare packing materials
This journal is great for science fairs, classrooms, homeschools and scout groups. It also correlates to the Environmental Science Merit Badge for Boy Scouts, Requirement 3F-3.
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Yours in Science,
Investigating Packaging Materials
by Kimberly Scott Science
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