What is the Best Type of Plastic for a Pipe?

What is the Best Type of Plastic for a Pipe?

Lesson 6 of 10 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
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Lesson summary

Students explore how the characteristics and properties of different types of plastics affect their use when producing designed solutions. This lesson includes the opportunity to make and play with slime as a way to explain plastic polymers.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand that there are many different types of plastic
  • critically compare and contrast the useability of different types of plastics in the design of pipes.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain the differences in properties and characteristics of different plastics
  • use a Venn diagram to visually compare the features of plastic pipes.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum

Students learn to:

  • explain how characteristics and properties of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment affect their use when producing designed solutions (AC9TDE6K05).

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Syllabus outcomes: ST3-2DP-T, ST3-3DP-T.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 Design and Technologies achievement standards: Students explain how people design products to meet the needs of communities, including sustainability. Students select and justify design ideas and solutions against design criteria that include sustainability.

Resources required

  • A piece of PVC pipe and plastic pipe fittings - make sure they are clean
  • Individual devices capable of accessing the internet - one per student
  • Materials made from different types of plastic, such as a disposable plastic cup, a plastic bag, lollie wrappers or packaging, a plastic milk bottle, a hard but still pliable container (such as a laundry liquid container), a rigid plastic Tupperware tub, and a piece of styrofoam.
  • Optional: Polymers Factsheet
  • Optional: Slime Making Instructions - materials required for making slime listed on the instruction sheet
  • Student worksheets - one copy per student
  • Venn Diagram Template - one copy per student. 

Skills

This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • critical thinking

Additional info

Special thanks to:

Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia (PIPA) is a non-profit association that is committed to future-focused leadership. Through research, education, technical expertise and advocacy, they help advance the use of plastic pipes and fittings as a smart, efficient and sustainable solution.

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