Polymers: Making Silly Putty

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Putty is proof that learning can be fun! Share the wonderful world of polymers with your class through an experiment. Young scientists create their own silly putty, then examine its properties.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Present some examples of natural and synthetic polymers as a demonstration
  • Have scholars compare the properties of the putty to the properties of glue and Borax
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils complete the activity in pairs
  • Borax can be difficult to find; shop for this item in advance
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Pros

  • Assessment is easy, thanks to an included rubric
  • The polymer chain of students is an excellent tool for helping younger learners understand polymer chemistry
Cons

  • None
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