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Product 12858

By: John Mauch and Ira Hickman

With the Grow-Dino Measurement Polymers Laboratory Kit, students investigate the growth of a polymer dinosaur. Physical measurements are taken as the Dino is soaked in water. This lab provides practice in measuring and graphing data.

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Do Grow-Dinos really grow more than 600% when placed in water? Your students will find out as they investigate the growth of a polymer dinosaur over a period of five days. Physical measurements—length, height, thickness, perimeter, area, volume, mass and density—will be taken daily as the dino is soaked in water each night. Changes in the dinosaur measurements will be graphed and analyzed. A great lab activity to provide practice in measuring, graphing and making calculations; fun for all levels. Includes Teacher Notes, reproducible student handouts with Dino data tables and Dino graph sheets, 15 Grow-Dinos, metric rulers, storage bags and measuring string.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

Crosscutting Concepts

Scale, proportion, and quantity
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-2: Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
MS-PS3-4: Plan an investigation to determine the relationships among the energy transferred, the type of matter, the mass, and the change in the average kinetic energy of the particles as measured by the temperature of the sample.
HS-PS1-2: Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.
HS-PS1-4: Develop a model to illustrate that the release or absorption of energy from a chemical reaction system depends upon the changes in total bond energy.