Different Types of Plastics

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Describe the different kinds of plastics found in our economy
  • Be able to differentiate the different kinds of plastics by reading the labels on the plastic products
  • Identify which kind of plastic is easily recyclable and those that are harder to recycle

Curriculum Connections

Science 20 Unit A: Chemical Changes
  • 20-A3.1k identify materials used in daily life that are based upon Alberta’s petrochemical industry and that involve changes in energy
Grade 9 Unit C: Environmental Chemistry
  • 3 - Analyze and evaluate mechanisms affecting the distribution of potentially harmful substances within an environment
Grade 9 Geography
  • E1. The Sustainability of Human Systems: analyse issues relating to the sustainability of human systems in Canada (FOCUS ON: Interrelationships; Geographic Perspective)

Length of Activity

45 - 60 minutes

Materials List

  • Internet-enabled device
  • Eco 360 notebook (we recommend asking learners to maintain a notebook for this program to write down reflections as they go through the program)
  • Plastic by Numbers Worksheet
  • Information of Plastics Handout

Online Lesson Format