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All the Small Things Lesson Overview

Students will differentiate matter into pure substances (elements and compounds) and mixtures on a basic molecular level. Students will use hands-on card sorting to create a rule for sorting matter. The definitions of pure substance, mixture, element, and compound will be introduced.


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60 minutes
Groups, Whole Class
PTI Inquiry
3.3, 3.4, 4.2, 5.2, 5.3, 7.2
Lesson Components Time Inquiry Skills Tech. Used Engage Level Brief Description
Engage 10 min 5.2 none 2 Students will analyze an infographic. Students will state 3 elements of a cell phone, list 2 facts that were surprising, and make 1 prediction about the cost to build a cellphone
Explore 20 min 3.3, 3.4 none 3 Students will participate in a card sort activity Students will develop their own definition of elements, compounds and mixtures.
Explain 10 min 3.3, 3.4, 5.2 none 3 Students will label each group by comparing actual definitions to their own.
Expand 10 min 3.3, 3.4, 4.2, 5.3 none 2 Students will complete a flowchart including illustrations, definitions and examples of elements, compounds and mixtures.
Evaluate 10 min 7.2 none 2 Students will complete a summative assessment on elements, compounds and mixtures.

Level of Student Engagement

1 Low Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction
2 Medium Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance
3 High Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered

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