Activity Overview

It's important for students to understand the differences between elements, compounds, and mixtures, and provide examples of where they appear in real life. This allows students to better distinguish models and the things that make up everything around us! In this activity, students will create a model to represent an element, a compound, and a mixture and then provide examples of each using an image from Photos for Class or creating an illustration.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Compare the different makeups of elements, compounds, and mixtures in a storyboard by creating a particle diagram. Find two examples of each.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Label the first column as Particle Diagram, the second as Example 1, and the third as Example 2.
  3. Label the rows as Element, Compound and Mixture.
  4. Use the ball-and-stick item under Science > Symbols to create a particle diagram for each substance type in the first column.
  5. Write a description of each underneath.
  6. Find examples for each substance type and write the names in the description boxes under the cells for the Example 1 and Example 2 columns.
  7. Use the search bar to use Photos for Class to find images of the examples.

Lesson Plan Reference


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Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures
Write a description, draw a particle diagram, and give two examples of elements, compounds and mixtures.
25 Points
13 Points
0 Points
Substance Type Examples
There are two correct examples each of elements, compounds, and mixtures.
There is at least one correct example each of an element, a compound, and a mixture.
Two or fewer of the six examples of elements, compounds, and mixtures are correct.
Particle Diagram
There is a particle diagram that correctly represents an element, a compound and a mixture.
There are at least two images that correctly represent the substance types.
Only one particle diagram correctly represents the substance types.
Every substance type (element, compound or a mixture) has a clear description that contains good scientific vocabulary.
At least two of the three substance types (element, compound or a mixture) have a clear description.
At least one of the three substance types (element, compound or a mixture) has a clear description.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

Image Attributions
  • oxygen • rick • License Attribution (
  • Rings • Elsie esq. • License Attribution (
  • Rust • AMagill • License Attribution (
  • Sea • rrrtem • License Attribution (
  • skies • Martin_Duggan • License Attribution (
  • water drops • technicolor76 • License Attribution (
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