Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Mixtures: Characteristic Properties - What is a characteristic property? - Section 3: Hook


I used to play this really fun game with students that they loved called, "Dead body on the beach." The point of the game is to get students to learn how to use several properties to identify the dead body. I don't play this game anymore simply because I'm not sure that it is appropriate. But I could just be becoming a big ninny and it is a fine game, so I'm putting it here in the reflection if you want to try it or modify it.

The game goes like this. I silently pick out the student I'm going to use as the dead body. Then I tell the students that as I was walking in the mountains that day I saw a dead student on the ground and it was one of them. This gets a gasp! I tell them that the game is to identify the student asking a series of yes or no questions.

The students usually start out with

"Is it a girl?"  "Does she have long hair?"  "Does she wear glasses?" And so on.

Eventually, they have identified enough properties to be able to figure out which student it was.  

I don't know quite why this game is so fun for the students, but they will ask me to play over and over and for the rest of the year whenever we have free time.  

  Game- Dead Body on the beach
  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Game- Dead Body on The Beach
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Mixtures: Characteristic Properties - What is a characteristic property?

Unit 8: Mixtures: Characteristic Properties
Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to understand what a characteristic property is and how properties can be used to separate mixtures.

Big Idea: What properties can you use to identify substances?

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Science, density, solids, liquid, gas, mixture, property
  45 minutes
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