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Children working on 4H curriculum.

Grades 3-5
Plastics of the Future for a Green, Clean World

  • Welcome
    Sustainable Polymers: Plastics of the Future for a Green, Clean World is an inquiry-based science curriculum focusing on the following concepts: materials; plastics; reduce, use, recycle; and the work of scientists and engineers. The curriculum is designed to build foundational skills of science and engineering: observation, asking questions, sorting and classifying, and communicating. The curriculum contains six learning modules intended for delivery in out-of-school time facilitated by an educator (trained volunteers or program staff). Modules also include a “Science At Home” activity to be completed by parents/other adults and children at home.
  • Modules Preview
    Introduction Curriculum Introduction and Overview Module 1 Be a Scientist Activity A: Draw a Scientist or Engineer Activity B: What’s My Property? Activity C: Be a Slime ScientistVideos: Meet a Scientist Module 2 Materials Matter Activity A: Cup Wars Activity B: What’s the Science Behind Cup Wars? Activity C: Polymers –One Type of Material Activity D: A Stop at the QuickShop Store ​ Module 3 Plastics in Your World Activity A: Sort, Sort, Sort! Activity B: Sort by Plastic Identification Code Module 4 Plastics in Our World Activity A, Round 1: Where Does All of the Plastic Go? Activity A, Round 2: The Choice is Yours Activity B: Upcycled Plastic Bottles Module 5​ Buy, Sell, Build Activity A: Buy, Sell, Create Activity B: Make Your Own Bioplastic!​ Module 6 Service Learning Activity A: Pre-Service Planning Activity B: Service in Action Activity C: Reflecting, Sharing, Celebrating
  • Get the Modules
    To get the modules, please follow the link "Unlock the Full Set" and provide your contact information. This is not an email list subscription; we would like to follow-up about your experience with 4-H Polymers. Free Unlock the Full Set (Free Digital Download) Sign In | Forgot Password Paid Need a printed set? The 4-H store provides a paid option for this module set. The content is the same but the modules are printed, spiral-bound, and sent directly to you - skip the lines and stress of your local copy store. Visit the 4-H store (Paid Print Version)
  • Video Resources
    Meet a Scientist - Teli Teli Video Script Meet a Scientist - Stephanie Stephanie Video Script
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