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Utah Science

Curriculum Consortium

Tyson Grover 

tgrover@dsdmail.net

Annette Nielson

afonnesbeck@dsdmail.net

 
 
 
 
 
Storyline Narrative 8.1.4

Phenomenon (episode 1)

1. Students get the opportunity to see the phenomenon of a natural substance becoming a synthetic one (since most have not observed this in their experience) they will ask questions about where actual plastic comes from and how it is made and what makes something synthetic.

 

2. Students are presented with several “natural” and “synthetic” materials and asked to group them based on which one they think are. Then asked to define each of them based on their own knowledge they will evaluate their definitions and refine them with help from the teacher.

 

3. Students discover the different properties and functions of fabrics used in clothing and home furnishings by running tests to obtain information about the fabrics. Students will argue based on evidence which fabric would be best for a particular purpose and predict the use of the materials based on their properties.
 

4. Students obtain, evaluate and communicate information about a specific type of synthetic materials.  They will identify that because of its structure, and properties it has a specific function.  They will then create a brochure about the materials to share with the class.

 

5 Students will Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information about plastics by finding different types of plastics and recording data about them.  They will analyze the data looking for patterns and create a summary about the properties and uses about the different types of plastics.

This all leads to the assessment. Students are presented with the video “Edward Norton: Bag the Bag”, the video asks the students to consider the question paper or plastic. The video goes through explaining the hazards of plastic bags and other plastic materials used around the world that are destroying our environment. This video is to get students thinking about what the world would be like without plastic. The assessment is a writing strategy titled “Imagine a Day without Plastic”. Students will be writing about this in a RAFT format. R stands for role (Who am I as the author of this piece of writing? An artist, a piece of materials, etc.), A stands for audience (Who is my audience? peers, family, the world,etc), F stands for format (What format should I use, a letter, a narrative, essay, etc.), and T stands for topic (What is the topic I am writing about?, synthetic material, plastic).  Students are to explain what life would be like for them without the use of plastics, this includes the use of things that are made from plastic. The teacher can set the parameters as to how long it needs to be and anything else they want included.

Episode 1

Question

What happens to substances when they are altered by humans?

Episode 2

Question

What is the difference between natural and synthetic materials?

Snapshot

Students make a plastic from a natural substance milk and ask questions about the phenomenon.

Snapshot

Students are presented with several “natural” and “synthetic” materials and asked to group them based on which one they think are. Then asked to define synthetic and natural of them based on their own knowledge and then with help from the teacher.

Conceptual Understandings

Man made materials can come from natural materials

What is the difference between manmade materials (synthetic) and natural ones?

Conceptual Understandings

Natural materials are natural from earth and not man made or chemically altered. Synthetic materials are natural things that have been chemically altered or man-made.

What are different types of synthetic materials?

Episode 3

Question

What types of fabrics are considered natural or synthetic? What are the properties of those fabrics and their functions?

Snapshot

Students discover the different properties and functions of fabrics used in clothing and home furnishings. Students determine the advantages and disadvantages to using one type of fabric over another depending of the use of the fabric.

Conceptual Understandings

Some natural fabrics and used of certain functions and other synthetic fabrics are used for certain function due to their individual properties.

What are synthetic materials made from? What are their properties and functions? How do they impact society? What are their advantages and limitations?

Episode 4

Question

What are the different types of synthetic materials we use everyday?

Episode 5

Question

What are the different types of plastics we use everyday?

Snapshot

Students pick a specific type of synthetic materials to research and then create a brochure about the materials to share with the class.

Snapshot

Students research, obtain, and evaluate information about each type of plastic.

Conceptual Understandings

Various types of synthetic materials have different properties and functions.

What are other types of synthetic materials we use everyday?

 

Conceptual Understandings

Students learn that many of the objects we use are made partially or completely from plastic.