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Natural vs. Synthetic Materials: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:05 Natural vs. Man-Made
  • 0:45 Natural Materials
  • 1:09 Synthetic Materials
  • 1:36 Differences
  • 2:26 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Tammie Mihet

Tammie has taught elementary school for 14 yrs. and holds an MA in Instructional Technology

Blood occurs naturally in our bodies. But did you know that scientists are trying to make artificial blood? In this lesson, discover the world of natural and artificial products and see just what science can do.

Natural vs. Man-Made

It was the most captivating diamond that an eye could behold. The man studied the diamond carefully, checking every inch of its mesmerizing surface. But wait - something was wrong! He took the diamond, pulled out his microscope, and examined it closely. Yes, just as he had suspected! It was a fake, but where was the real diamond?

Can you believe that you can make artificial, or synthetic, diamonds? Do you know that it's also possible to make things like synthetic hair and synthetic fuel? Scientists are even trying to create synthetic blood! Wow! But what are synthetic products anyway, and how are they different from natural products? Well, let's delve a little deeper into the world of science and find out!

Natural Materials

Natural materials are those that are found in nature and have not been made by humans, like plants, rocks, and water.

Take an orange, for example. Oranges were not created by humans, but grow naturally on orange trees. Oranges contain something that's very good for you - vitamin C. If you eat an orange, you ingest vitamin C from its natural source - the orange. However, did you know that scientists can also make vitamin C synthetically?

Synthetic Materials

Synthetic materials are man-made and cannot be found in nature. Synthetic materials are things like plastic that can be created by combining different chemicals, or prepared compounds and substances, in a laboratory.

Let's get back to our discussion about vitamin C. Scientists can actually combine different chemicals and make their own vitamin C in a laboratory. Since this vitamin C does not come from its natural source, the orange, and it's made in a lab, we call it synthetic vitamin C.

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