The following is a list of educational resources that can be used in the classroom to teach students about plastics and the role they play in our society. They range from the history of plastics for junior elementary grades through to a simulated debate program for high school environments. The grade levels provided are just a marker for teachers. Much of the content in the courses can be adapted for use in other grades.
Grade 2 & 3: What do Elephants have to do with Plastics?
Grade 4, 5, 6 & 7: Lesson Plans - Plasti-Lab Science Program
Based on the Hand-On Science Program Plasti-Lab, Let's Experiment!
Grade 5, 6, 7 & 8: Plastics Lesson Plans
Grade 6, 7 & 8: Elevated Wetlands
Teachers' Resource Kit
Grade 9, 10 & 11: Plastics Virtual Classroom
Grade 9, 10 & 11: Let's Recycle It
Municipal Government Debate Simulation
"Hands On Plastic" (HOP) Course From SPE:
Today's HOP kits (available in Canada) have all you need for any or all of the three levels of teaching:
HOP Kits Now Available On Line
The original HOP science curriculum kit was developed by the National Middle Level Science Teachers Association (NMLSTA).
Today's HOP kits have all you need for any or all of the three levels of teaching. One kit works for all grades and can be shared by many teachers. All teacher plans, curriculums, exercises, demonstration examples, print outs, handouts, and videos are available on line to go with the kits. For instance, teach polymer identification by density, sort and separate the polymer pellets and retrieve them to teach recycling! Recycle the kit to the next class too.
Perfect for Science Olympiad. All proceeds from the sale of HOP Kits go to the stocking, assembling, handling and shipping of kits to additional teachers.