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Lesson 1: Goofy Putty

DESCRIPTION
A borax solution is mixed with glue to create a polymer.

OBJECTIVE
This lesson compares and contrasts the properties of mixtures and solutions. By making goofy putty, students learn about measurement, mixtures, and solutions, as well as polymers.

CONTENT TOPICS
Chemical reactions; mixtures (solutions); polymers

Lesson 1: Goofy Putty

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LIST OF MATERIALS

  1. White school glue
  2. Borax (found in the laundry detergent aisle)
  3. Measuring spoons
  4. Clear bowls, Ziploc® bags, or small cups
  5. Spoons
  6. Water

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HYPOTHESIS

The mixing of white school glue and borax will create a polymer that has different characteristics from the original substances.