Activity Overview

There are different methods of separating mixtures, all of which use properties of the mixed substances, including filtering, evaporation, and distillation. In this activity, students will identify four methods of separating mixtures and indicate when the method should be used. This is a great way to introduce students to the different methods before stepping into the lab to complete their own separation experiments.

Methods of Separating Mixtures

  • Filtering
  • Evaporation
  • Distillation
  • Chromatography
  • Magnetism

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a spider map describing and illustrating the different methods of separating mixtures.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify four different methods of separating mixtures in the title boxes.
  3. Write a sentence describing each one and then illustrate the practical application using a combination of scenes, characters, and items. Alternatively, use Photos for Class to find an image to represent the separation method.

Lesson Plan Reference


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Separating Mixtures
Create a spider map which shows and describes different ways of separating mixtures.
5 Points
3 Points
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There are at least four cells each giving a method of separating mixtures.
There are at least two cells correctly giving a method of separating mixtures.
There is a least one cell correctly giving a method of separating a mixture.
The storyboard cells clearly illustrate the separation methods.
The storyboard cells relate to the separation method examples, but are sometimes difficult to understand.
The storyboard cells do not clearly relate to the separation method examples.
All the separation methods have a clear description that contain good scientific vocabulary.
At least two of the separation methods have a clear description.
One of the separation methods 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.

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