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Activities (Day One through Day Twelve)

Industrial Testing (Revised from original HOP projects for schools who do not have the necessary equipment for the original projects

New Activities (Wisconsin Model Academic Standards


Activities

Day One:

ENGAGE #1: HOP Stop Deli (optional)

 

Day Two:

ENGAGE #2: Can You Classify Plastic Containers?

 

Day Three:

EXPLORE #3: Can You Find the Floaters and Sinkers?

 

Day Four:

EXPLAIN #4: Why Do They Float and Sink?

 

Day Five:

EXPLAIN #5: How Do You Calculate the Density of a Bowling Ball? (optional)

 

Day Six:

EVALUATE #6: How Can You Identify the Kind of Plastic in Your Groups’ Containers from Activity Two?

 

Day Seven:

ELABORATE #7: Can You Use Your Procedure to Identify the Plastics?

 

Days Eight through Twelve:

Extension #1: What Happens to Recycled Milk Jugs?

Extension #2: What Is the Life of a PETE Bottle?

Extension #3: Can You Find Them All?

Extension #4: Can You Identify Plastics by a Strip Flex Test and Stain Test?


Industrial Testing (Revised from original HOP projects for schools who do not have the necessary equipment for the original projects)

The following activities of the Hands on Plastics™2 website is adapted from the original Hands on Plastics™ projects to be appropriate for middle school students.


New Activities (Wisconsin Model Academic Standards)

  1. Why Plastic?
  2. A Poly Good Time
  3. Building Brain Background
  4. Sad Statistics 1
  5. Sad Statistics 2
  6. Plastic Potpourri
  7. Not All Plastics Are Created Equal
  8. Gelatin Egg Head
  9. Wild and Crazy Helmet Day
  10. Career Day At Cooper—Helmets Are a Must
  11. Helmet Spoken Here
  12. When I Grow Up (Part 1)
  13. When I Grow Up (Part 2)
  14. Helmet Awareness
  15. Extended Activities Across the Community
  16. Making a Museum
  17. Use Your Head
  18. Using Plastic to Protect Our Environment

 

Safety

The Hands On Plastics™ kits contain information about demonstration experiments, which are potentially dangerous. This information is directed at qualified teachers. Experiments suggested in this kit should only be performed with appropriate supervision.