Polymer Resource Research

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:   Integrated Science                 

 Grade:   10

Unit 4:  Polymer resource research  (9.6)                

 Pacing:   1 week

Essential Question(s):

1.  When are plastics beneficial and when are they detrimental?

Big Idea(s):

1.  Plastics are beneficial to humans, but can be detrimental to the environment.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

Research and present findings describing the costs and benefits and the short and long-term impacts of natural and synthetic materials that end up in landfills and/or are incinerated.

Research various views on human consumption of natural resources and determine whether or not fossil fuels will be available for their children.

Investigate current and propose new efforts to reduce the consumption of raw materials

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

Costs/Benefits

 

Natural/ Synthetic Materials

Landfills

Research  

 

Present        

4, 5

 

5, 6

 

 

Instructional Planning

 

Suggested Resources/Materials:

United Streaming

Internet/USGS

Text/notes

PowerPoint

Readings/jigsaw activity/ student presentations

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Interactive use of technology

Graphic organizers

Direct instruction

Cooperative group work

Demonstrations 

 

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

natural resources

long-term impact

short-term impact

landfill

incineration

raw material

consumption 

Cost benefits of synthetic polymers/recycling

Resin code classifications

Fossil fuel debate

Polymer lab/tensile strength

Gloop lab

Classify plastics in the classroom as L, C-L or B

Review questions Chapter 9

Rapid polymerization 

History of plastics and recycling programs/legislation

Recycling at WHHS