⁣Lesson Plan: Resin vs. Polymer Clay: Exploring the Differences and Best Uses

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⁣Lesson Plan: Resin vs. Polymer Clay: Exploring the Differences and Best Uses

Grade Level: 6-8

Objective: By the end of this lesson, students will compare and contrast resin and polymer clay, understanding their unique properties and best uses. Students will engage in hands-on experiments and research to deepen their understanding of these materials, their characteristics, and their applications in various crafts.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3: Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions on grade-level topics, expressing ideas clearly and building on the ideas of others.

- Resin and polymer clay (enough for each student to experiment with)
- Measuring cups or scales (for resin mixing)
- Mold or clay tools
- Oven (for polymer clay curing, if applicable)
- Safety goggles and gloves
- Writing paper and pencils
- Access to research resources (books, articles, or online sources)


1. Introduction (5 minutes):
- Start the lesson by asking students if they have heard of or used resin or polymer clay before.
- Facilitate a class discussion to share prior knowledge and expectations about these materials.

2. Research and Note-Taking (15 minutes):
- Provide students with research resources about resin and polymer clay, their properties, and best uses.
- Instruct students to conduct research and take notes on the characteristics, advantages, and potential drawbacks of both materials.

3. Experimental Exploration (30 minutes):
- Distribute resin and polymer clay to each student or small group.
- Provide safety goggles and gloves for students when working with resin.
- Instruct students to follow the provided instructions for working with each material.
- Encourage students to experiment with the materials, creating small objects or samples to compare their properties and characteristics.

4. Comparison and Analysis (20 minutes):
- Gather students together and facilitate a discussion comparing and contrasting resin and polymer clay.
- Encourage students to share their observations, experiences, and findings.
- Guide the discussion to cover aspects such as appearance, texture, flexibility, durability, curing methods, and potential applications.

5. Informative Writing (20 minutes):
- Instruct students to individually write an informative/explanatory text comparing resin and polymer clay.
- Ask students to include their research findings, personal observations, and recommendations for best uses of each material.
- Remind students to organize their writing clearly and use appropriate vocabulary.

6. Presentations and Reflection (10 minutes):
- Provide time for students to share excerpts from their informative texts with the class.
- Encourage students to present their findings confidently and respond to questions from their peers.
- Facilitate a class discussion where students can reflect on their learning, discussing which material they prefer and why.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

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