Plastics Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

How many different types of plastic exist? This lesson plan will help you introduce students to the classification of plastics using a text lesson. A hands-on activity connects students with each type of plastic.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • list the classes of plastics
  • distinguish between thermoplastics and thermosets
  • discuss the different types of plastics and the meaning of their labels


45 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.


  • Paper copies of the text lesson Plastic: Types & Uses
  • Photocopies of the worksheet from the associated text lesson
  • Permanent markers
  • Seven large cardboard boxes, each labeled with a number one through seven

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