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                             Nutty Putty Lesson Plan


Objective:
To make nutty putty, a substance that isn't clearly liquid or solid

PLO’s :
Describe properties of materials, including colour, shape, size, and weight
For grade 2: Identify the properties of solids, liquids, and gasses
For grade 7: Conduct investigations into properties of matter

Introduction: The glue is a very thick and sticky substance called a colloid. In a
colloid the molecules are formed into long chains, so that the substance is all
tangled like a bowl of spaghetti. Borax links to water molecules, which are part of
the long colloidal chains, so that the chains become joined at many points. The
substance will still flow, but forces cause the long stringy molecules to tighten up,
allowing nutty putty to bounce.
This is an excellent, simple explanation as to the science behind nutty putty.

Materials:
There are some possible improvements to the original lesson plan:
      The given materials are too detailed and we discovered that the nutty putty
      could be created in a simpler way, with only:
            School glue
            Borax
            Water
            Food coloring
            Small paper cup
            Popsicle stick

Procedure: Although the procedures in the original lesson plan were pretty
straight forward, we formulated them in a step by step fashion that is even
simpler to understand.

      1.  in a cup A combined 1 tsp borax and 1 c warm water
      2. mix until dissolved
      3. in cup B, mix ¼c white glue with 1 tbsp water and drop of food dye
      4. mix together well
      5. pour 1 tsp of cup A into cup B and mix vigorously with popsicle stick until
         a clump forms (usually onto the popsicle stick)
      6. Remove clump from solution and knead in hands quickly
      7. Kneading will help nutty putty to form
Nutty Putty Data and Observations:

1. Original Nutty Putty

Does the putty bounce?
Does it stretch or flow?
Is the nutty putty a solid or a liquid? Why?


2. Nutty Putty Altered 1: Repeat experiment, but add 2 tsp borax instead of just 1
tsp. (Adaptation: The amount of water can also be increased)
Predict your results:

                  Nutty Putty           Nutty Putty extra borax




Does the putty bounce?
Does it stretch or flow?
Is the nutty putty a solid or a liquid? Why?


3. Nutty Putty Altered 2: Repeat experiment, but add 3 tsp borax instead of just 2
tsp.
Predict your results:

            Nutty Putty            Nutty Putty extra borax




Does the putty bounce?
Does it stretch or flow?
Is the nutty putty a solid or a liquid? Why?
Conclusion:

This lesson could, and should definitely be taught because it creates an
environment for hands on learning. The lesson is very easy to understand and the
nutty putty is fun to create. The students will learn that it is possible for
something to be both a solid and a liquid. They will also learn to predict and
compare their results from the “wrong” experiments to the original nutty putty
experiment.

								
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