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Introduction to polymers for beginner students. Includes a color reader, student activity pages, and materials for the experiment.

*this kit requires safety glasses, beakers, a test tube rack, and transfer pipettes from the equipment starter kit (sold separately).

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In the Polymers kit, students will read the Rubber Rain Boots and Plastic Pink Flamingos leveled reader, and discover how atoms link together to make polymers, a type of molecule made of many repeating units connected in a long chain. Each unit of a polymer is made of hydrogen and carbon atoms. Under certain conditions a polymer can change its shape, color, or size; for example, when heat is added or force is applied, or when it combines with another substance. Examples are provided of items made of polymers.

The reader is full-color with fun illustrations and includes a pronunciation guide for scientific terms. Students work through a short hands-on experiment in the student activity notebook learning about polymers. Students will combine glue and borax and observe how the properties of the glue polymer change. Students are encouraged to repeat the experiment with different types of glue or to research and explore other ways polymers are used and design their own experiment. The student notebook provides question prompts for students to ask and then answer their own questions about molecules.

Inside the box:

  • 24 page full-color Reader (Lexile-Scored 250: for reading level 1-3, interest level 2-5).
  • student activity pages with assembly instructions
  • small bottle of Elmer’s glue
  • transfer pipette
  • (2) test tubes containing borax
  • QR code for the step-by-step video tutorial where Dr. Woodbury shows your student “how to RATATAZ” the lesson.

*This box requires equipment from the equipment starter kit (sold separately) and included with the What is Chemistry? box.


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