This is a fun and engaging experiment for studying the physical properties of materials and how to separate mixtures or the scientific method.
Read aloud or have students read The Case of the Mixed-Up Materials story. This is about a detective who is called to the North Pole to help a frantic elf. The elf made a mess of the materials he uses to make presents. He is behind and needs to quickly separate his materials. Detective Grimes figures out items that will help separate the materials. Students are told to experiment with the materials to separate the items. They record their findings on an observation sheet which is provided.
-The Case of the Mixed-Up Materials story
-Student observation sheet
-Detective Grimes' explanation
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