Reflection: Real World Applications Using Properties to Separate Mixtures - Section 2: Warm Up


Why Begin the Lesson With This Treat:

I chose to begin today's lesson with Cheerios and Cheez-It Party Mix because these are things the students see in their everyday life.   Students experience and practice science skills everyday but they are not aware that what they are doing applies to science.  I like to bring in things they experience everyday as an opener to lessons to show them that they already use the skill that we will be diving more in depth into that day.  They separate cereal from milk every time they eat it, and they pick out parts of mixtures they do not like as well.  Both of these strategies of separating foods is related to the science concept we are practicing.  Students also enjoy anything that has to do with food, so anytime I can incorporate that, it gets them interested int he activity for the day.  

Other Suggestions for Items to Use: 

If you have allergies in your class, or do not want to use Cheerios or Cheez-It Party Mix, here are some additional suggestions on items you could use: 


Variety of pencils and let them pick their favorite

Small marbles and large marbles

Skittles or M&Ms 

  Connecting it to the Real World
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Using Properties to Separate Mixtures

Unit 2: Matter and Its Interactions
Lesson 9 of 10

Objective: SWBAT identify properties of given items and select a property that would help them easily separate the items from each other.

Big Idea: Students use tools such as sieves, magnets, and filter paper to help them separate mixtures.

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