Everything around us is made of atoms: the clothes we wear, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and ourselves. These atoms form roughly 92 naturally occurring elements on Earth, which then form everything we know. The result of these combinations can come in the form of elements, compounds, or mixtures, depending on their atomic makeup. While compounds and mixtures can be separated through a variety of techniques, elements cannot, as they exist in the purest form possible. Introducing students to atoms, elements, compounds, and mixtures will provide them with an important foundation that will help them grasp more complex concepts in chemistry.
A Discussion Storyboard is a storyboard that is designed to promote discussion in the classroom. Each storyboard is a situation or a question that is paired with a visual and different viewpoints on the situation. At the most basic level, they will show a problem with fictitious students giving their opinion on the problem. Normally at least one of the characters will give the scientifically accepted viewpoint, with the other characters giving misconceptions.