This 5-page separation technique
lab activity challenges students to design a procedure that utilizes multiple separation techniques to separate a mixture of sand, salt and iron filings
. After they have successful separated the mixture into its component parts, students are asked to create a comic strip
to summarize their technique.
This is my version of the common lab activity involving separating a mixture of common materials such as sand and salt. The activity is meant to be more student-directed, open-ended and creative
. In the activity, student teams work together to design a set of procedures to successfully separate each component from the mixture. Student groups have a choice of the separation techniques to use in their procedure (see list below.)
Possible Separation Techniques:
Once students have completed the separation portion of the activity, they are instructed to summarize their technique not in an analysis question, but by planning, designing and creating their own comic strip
to summarize each step of their procedure. A comic strip template is provided with this product, as well as an answer key
and sample of student work
states the problem
, lists all materials
, and describes the challenge
features a blank area for procedure writing
and 2 short analysis questions
is a blank comic strip template
for students, if desired.
is a answer key
that suggests a possible procedure.
is a sample of student work
that shows what the comic strip may look like.
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Relevant NGSS Core Idea(s) Addressed by This Product:
NGSS - MS-PS1.A
Physical Science - Matter and its Interactions - Structure and Properties of Matter
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