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The World of Glue: Cross-Curricular Investigation of Adhesives

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English/language arts



Brief Description

This interactive, inquiry-based instructional unit teaches students about adhesives in the context of day-to-day activities.


Students will:

  • Understand the concepts related to polymers as the building blocks for adhesives and glues.
  • Identify examples of adhesives used in the world around them.
  • Read informational text about a relevant topic to understand events, procedures, ideas or concepts in a historical context.
  • Demonstrate their understanding of these scientific concepts in oral presentations or dramatic performances to the class.
  • Work in teams to solve a problem.
  • Observe and record.


Science, adhesives, glue, polymers, experiment, inquiry, interactive, products

Materials Needed

  • Elmer’s School Glue
  • Elmer’s School Glue Naturals®
  • Elmer’s Classic Glitter Glue
  • Examples of products that use adhesives
  • Evidence Log 1 (PDF handout included)
  • Evidence Log 2 (PDF handout included)
  • Parent Letter (PDF handout included)
  • Non-fat or skim milk
  • White vinegar
  • Coffee filters or paper towels
  • Flour
  • Waxed paper
  • Eye droppers
  • Various types and weights of paper
  • Cardboard
  • Fabric

Lesson Plan

Download the complete unit here.


See individual activities within the unit.

Lesson Plan Source

Cre8time, through partnership with EducationWorld

Submitted by

Melissa Hughes, Ph.D. and Jason Lefebvre, for Elmer’s Teachers Club


Common Core State Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2  - Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4  - Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5  - Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.6  - Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.9  - Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.10  - Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

National Science Education Standards

  • Science and Technology Content Standard E: Abilities of Technological Design
  • Physical Science Content Standard B: Properties of Objects and Materials
  • The Nature of Technology: 3C - Issues in Technology


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