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ALEX Lesson Plans  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] PS8 (8) 3 :
3 ) Construct explanations based on evidence from investigations to differentiate among compounds, mixtures, and solutions.

a. Collect and analyze information to illustrate how synthetic materials (e.g., medicine, food additives, alternative fuels, plastics) are derived from natural resources and how they impact society.

Subject: Science (8)
Title: Is Plastic Always Fantastic?: Exploring Plastics on the Nanoscale
Description:

This module was authored by the Auburn University NanoBio MSP Fellows Will Haynes, Hannah Taylor, and Catherine Wolfe under the review and guidance of Drs. Virginia Davis and Chris Schnittka. This lesson is about compounds, mixtures, and solutions and relating those to synthetics, with the focus being plastics. This lesson focuses on how plastics are made and the negative impacts of some plastics. It goes on to explain how the addition of nanoscale particles can be the solution for these problems. This lesson includes a lecture and a hands-on activity where the students are creating plastic from the milk protein casein. 




ALEX Learning Activities  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [ELA2015] (8) 20 :
20 ) Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. [W.8.1]

a. Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically. [W.8.1a]

b. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. [W.8.1b]

c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence. [W.8.1c]

d. Establish and maintain a formal style. [W.8.1d]

e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented. [W.8.1e]

[ELA2015] (8) 27 :
27 ) Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation. [W.8.8]

[SC2015] PS8 (8) 3 :
3 ) Construct explanations based on evidence from investigations to differentiate among compounds, mixtures, and solutions.

a. Collect and analyze information to illustrate how synthetic materials (e.g., medicine, food additives, alternative fuels, plastics) are derived from natural resources and how they impact society.

Subject: English Language Arts (8), Science (8)
Title: Synthetic vs. Natural: What's the Best Choice?
Description:

In this activity, students will investigate the effectiveness of a pharmaceutical medicine and its natural counterpart.  They will evaluate the pros and cons of each and make a recommendation about the best choice for the consumer.  Students present their research to the class and evaluate the research of their peers.

This activity was created as a result of the Alex Resource Development Summit.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] PS8 (8) 3 :
3 ) Construct explanations based on evidence from investigations to differentiate among compounds, mixtures, and solutions.

a. Collect and analyze information to illustrate how synthetic materials (e.g., medicine, food additives, alternative fuels, plastics) are derived from natural resources and how they impact society.

[ELA2015] (8) 20 :
20 ) Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. [W.8.1]

a. Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically. [W.8.1a]

b. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. [W.8.1b]

c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence. [W.8.1c]

d. Establish and maintain a formal style. [W.8.1d]

e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented. [W.8.1e]

Subject: Science (8), English Language Arts (8)
Title: Synthetic Medicines vs. Natural Remedies in the Media
Description:

In this activity, students will research synthetic medicines and their natural counterparts which perform the same functions.  After evaluating the pros and cons of each, students will write a persuasive paragraph expressing their opinions about whether to use synthetic or natural medicines.

This resource was created as a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.




   View Standards     Standard(s): [DLIT] (8) 3 :
R3) Assess the validity and identify the purpose of digital content.

[SC2015] PS8 (8) 3 :
3 ) Construct explanations based on evidence from investigations to differentiate among compounds, mixtures, and solutions.

a. Collect and analyze information to illustrate how synthetic materials (e.g., medicine, food additives, alternative fuels, plastics) are derived from natural resources and how they impact society.

Subject: Digital Literacy and Computer Science (8), Science (8)
Title: Do Synthetic Soccer Fields Cause Cancer?
Description:

In this activity, the students will read an article that explores the relationship between synthetic and natural materials. Next, the students will watch a short video clip related to synthetic materials in order to understand the impact these resources can have on society. As they watch the video, the students will assess its validity and purpose by using a graphic organizer.

This activity was created as a result of the DLCS COS Resource Development Summit.




ALEX Learning Activities: 3

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ALEX Classroom Resources  
   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] PS8 (8) 3 :
3 ) Construct explanations based on evidence from investigations to differentiate among compounds, mixtures, and solutions.

a. Collect and analyze information to illustrate how synthetic materials (e.g., medicine, food additives, alternative fuels, plastics) are derived from natural resources and how they impact society.

Subject: Science (8)
Title: Natural Resources & Synthetic Materials
URL: https://www.middleschoolchemistry.com/lessonplans/chapter6/lesson12
Description:

In this lesson, the teacher models and describes the kinds of information students will be looking for in their research project on a synthetic product. This is done by using an example of a synthetic product that students make in the classroom: a gel worm (not for eating.) Students make it by combining a sodium alginate solution with a calcium chloride solution. The teacher uses this product to model answers to the three questions students need to answer in their research:

  1. What natural resources are used to make the synthetic product?
  2. What chemical processes are used to make the synthetic product?
  3. What are the negative and positive impacts to society of making and using the synthetic product, compared to making and using a more natural product with a similar function?

Students choose or are assigned a synthetic product to research. They investigate the product to answer the three questions. Students apply their learning to make an advertisement, poster, short video, or article about their synthetic product.

Students will be able to find and analyze information to describe that chemical processes are used to convert natural resources into synthetic materials and products. They will also be able to give examples of how the production of synthetic products has impacts, both positive and negative, on society.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] PS8 (8) 3 :
3 ) Construct explanations based on evidence from investigations to differentiate among compounds, mixtures, and solutions.

a. Collect and analyze information to illustrate how synthetic materials (e.g., medicine, food additives, alternative fuels, plastics) are derived from natural resources and how they impact society.

Subject: Science (8)
Title: Mixtures StudyJam
URL: https://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/matter/mixtures.htm
Description:

A mixture contains two or more substances that retain all their original properties and can be physically separated. Mixtures can be homogenous or heterogeneous.

The classroom resource provides a video that will describe the two types of mixtures. There is also a short test that can be used to assess students' understanding.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] PS8 (8) 3 :
3 ) Construct explanations based on evidence from investigations to differentiate among compounds, mixtures, and solutions.

a. Collect and analyze information to illustrate how synthetic materials (e.g., medicine, food additives, alternative fuels, plastics) are derived from natural resources and how they impact society.

Subject: Science (8)
Title: Elements and Compounds StudyJam
URL: https://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/matter/elements-and-compounds.htm
Description:

An element is as simple as it gets: substances that cannot be broken down into simpler substances. When elements get together and mix chemically, they make compounds, like water and salt!

The classroom resource provides a video that will describe the difference between elements and mixtures. There is also a short test that can be used to assess students' understanding.



   View Standards     Standard(s): [SC2015] PS8 (8) 3 :
3 ) Construct explanations based on evidence from investigations to differentiate among compounds, mixtures, and solutions.

a. Collect and analyze information to illustrate how synthetic materials (e.g., medicine, food additives, alternative fuels, plastics) are derived from natural resources and how they impact society.

Subject: Science (8)
Title: The Acid Test
URL: http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/the-acid-test/
Description:

In this activity, students will prepare a test solution whose color changes when an acid or a base is added; determine whether various household substances are acids or bases and look for patterns in the results; determine how their test solution compares to commercial acid-base testers; and search for other test solutions.



ALEX Classroom Resources: 4

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