Reflection: Rigor Separating Mixtures - Assessment - Section 3: Hook


I teach 7th grade history as well as science. In history we use a variety of different primary sources to involve students personally in history. In science it can be difficult to find primary sources that are interesting and engaging. After all, science is about data and analysis, and that can be a little boring for middle school students!  

I try to look for primary resources like this one. Things that involve opinions and points of view. Cartoons and Op Ed pieces can also be useful and interesting if the content is approachable and appropriate. If you are teaching about animal behavior or survival, there are some great web cams around the world that you can tune into to watch animals in the wild. The Annenberg Explore is a great resource for observing a variety of different animals.

The bottom line is that using primary sources can connect students with nature, art, data, history, and more. These types of resources may be difficult and time consuming to find, but they connect students with content in individual and memorable ways.  

  Primary Sources in Science
  Rigor: Primary Sources in Science
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Separating Mixtures - Assessment

Unit 9: Mixtures: Separating Mixtures
Lesson 6 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to show their learning on separating substances.

Big Idea: How are characteristic properties used to separate mixtures?

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