Synthetic Materials Unit for Middle School Science: This resource is designed to meet the NGSS MS PS1-3 standard on synthetic resources. Students will read three pages of informational text on synthetic resources, natural resources, and single-use plastics. There are also a variety of response pages and a quiz in this unit. This is great for environmental reading or Earth Day. Students will learn that synthetic materials come from natural resources that have been altered through a chemical process.
Aligned with the following standards:
Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on natural resources that undergo a chemical process to form the synthetic material. Examples of new materials could include new medicine, foods, and alternative fuels.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment is limited to qualitative information.]
Utah SEEd Standard 8.1.4
Obtain and evaluate information to describe how synthetic materials come from natural resources, what their are, and how society uses these new materials. Examples of new materials could include medicine, foods, building materials, plastics, and alternative fuels. (PS1.A, PS1.B, ESS3.A)