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How plastic took over the world

Subject taught
- Chemistry
- Technology


Type of Product
- Articles
- Videos
- Web Site/Portal

Language Skills Developed
- Interaction
- Listening
- Reading
- Speaking
- Writing

Transferable/Scientific Skills Developed
Transferable skills: - teamwork, - listening, - communication, - time management, - dependability, - technology. Scientific skills: - listening and observing presentations and videos; - reading scientific articles and report on scientific website; - representing data using symbols, diagrams, graphs and tables; - writing scientific reports; - knowledge presentation by oral presentations, multimedia and posters.

• General aims
Make the students aware of the universal relevance of this topic: the plastic impact on modern society.
Know that the family of plastic materials is very large and each has specific properties crucial for its applications.
Sensitize the students to the harmful effects of plastic on human health and the environmental.

• Linguistic aims
Improve the scientific English vocabulary with special reference to : nouns of the most famous natural and synthetic polymers, words and sayings relative to environmental sustainability and the life cycle of plastic.
Listening comprehension related to environmental education.
Ability to speak about this topic.
• Subject specific aims
Know what a polymer is
Distinguish natural polymers from synthetic ones
Know the history of the synthetic plastic which changed our life.
Understand the benefits and the damages due to plastic.
Learn about the most common commercial plastics, in particular: their scientific nomenclature, acronyms, applications, end of life.
Understand the difference between recycle and reuse.
Understand the symbol drawn on the label of the plastic containers and products.
Know which plastics are recyclable and reusable too.
Make the student aware about the environmental and human health effects of microfibers pollution and the possible solution.
• Target group age
• Level of competence in English (CEFR)
• Time required to use the resource with the students:
5 hours
• How to use it
Group-based flipped methodology: the teacher shares the resource with the students that digest it prior to the class, and work in teams to deal with the material. Each team focuses on a specific section of this resource and their feedback consist in a lecture to the class, using slideshow presentations.
• Possible difficulties for the students
Since they work in team, their relationship needs to be collaborative and it is not always that.

Strength Students can improve some key skills: scientific, linguistic and active citizenship. The resource is easily accessible. Weakness Some students can have an incomplete knowledge of the prerequisites which are organic chemistry fundamentals. Scientific reliability This is a resource providing very high quality science educational information, including also papers published on prestigious scientific journals. Pedagogical value (e.g. collaborative learning, self–directed learning, peer assisted learning, etc) As already discussed, the resource will be used according to group-based flipped methodology. This approach based on collaborative learning has an important pedagogical value because it promotes the development of the scientific and transferable skills listed above.

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