Polymers: Instant Snow

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Is it easy to make snow? Scholars use critical thinking skills as they investigate the concept of polymers by making snow. The class tests several different variables and takes measurements over the course of several days. They then evaluate their findings and share data and conclusions with their fellow scholars.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Divide the class into groups and assign or have them choose which variable to test in the experiment, then have the groups share findings with the class
  • Use as an engaging warm-up for the week as pupils come into class and check their results from the experiment
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires materials not found in a typical classroom
  • Learners should have general understanding of lab procedures
Pros

  • Engaging introduction to activity allows students to actively participate in learning
  • Contains versions for younger and older audiences
  • Provides a rubric for assessment
Cons

  • None