UPDATED JULY 2016
Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures –
- NEW: Google Slides – Public Link
- Sorting/Task Cards and answers (pdf) – laminate and cut apart, 1 set per 2-4 students
- NEW: Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures Notes
- E, C, M, ? (pdf) – laminated or glued onto construction paper, cut apart, 1 set per group
- OLD: PPT Slides (ppt – read only access)
- this ppt can be downloaded and saved to your computer, but not modified
- click on ‘read only‘ to open the ppt after downloading
- OLD: Notes (pdf)
Note: I modified this lesson to add a hands-on component with the addition of task cards that students can sort at their desks. I use this lesson as a group work activity to introduce Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures.
- Each group will have one set of task cards and one set of ECM? cards to hold up.
- Students will sort the items pictured into 4 columns: Elements, Compounds, Mixtures, and “?”. (The “?” category is a temporary place holder for students to discuss further within their group, all items should be sorted before answers are revealed)
- Once all the groups have had a chance to discuss and sort the items, we will go over the answers as a class.
- Using the ppt, show the first item (Rocks). Ask each group to choose one of the E,C, or M cards.
- Have them place the “?” in front of their answer. (this prevents the other groups from seeing their answer) A spokesperson for each group will stand up and hold the ECM? cards.
- Ask all the groups to reveal their answer at the same time. Compare answers & discuss.
- Reveal the answer and have students record the results in their notes.
- If needed, have students move the card to the correct category on their desk, too.
- For fun, I award a point to each group that has a correct answer, the kids enjoy a little friendly competition :).
- Continue with the next slide (Copper) and repeat.