Polymers Lesson Plan

Instructor: Julie Zundel

Julie has taught high school Zoology, Biology, Physical Science and Chem Tech. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Education.

Learning about complex molecules, like polymers, can feel overwhelming, but this lesson plan on natural and synthetic polymers can help teachers illustrate these topics. By using hands-on activities and fun videos, students will easily grasp the concepts associated with polymers.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • list some synthetic and natural polymers
  • list some characteristics of polymers
  • correctly use the vocabulary associated with polymers
  • demonstrate their knowledge of polymers by modeling different situations
  • compare and contrast natural versus synthetic polymers


  • Two 60-minute class periods
  • One 30-40 minute class period for review

Curriculum Standards


Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.


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 9-10 texts and topics.


Analyze the structure of the relationships among concepts in a text, including relationships among key terms (e.g., force, friction, reaction force, energy).


Materials for Slime (per group)

  • 1/2 cup white glue
  • 1 teaspoon Borax laundry detergent
  • 1-1/2 cup Water
  • Bowls for each student group

Materials for Video 1: Synthetic Polymers

  • Access to the video lesson Synthetic Polymers: Definition & Examples
  • Sticky notes that say 'monomer,' one for each student
  • Materials for Scavenger Hunt
    • A worksheet that is set up for students to find certain polymers in the room or school, for example:
      • Find polyethylene. Write the name of the object containing polyethylene.
      • Find PET. Write the name of the object containing PET.
      • Find an example of a thermoplastic. Write the name of the object that is a thermoplastic.
      • Find PVC. Write the name of the object containing PVC.
    • Synthetic polymers for scavenger hunt such as:
      • Water bottles
      • Plastic duck
      • An object that has the recycle symbol
      • A piece of PVC pipe
      • Hair dryer
  • Paper copies of the synthetic polymers lesson quiz

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