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Elements, Compounds and Mixtures—Student Laboratory Kits

By: The Flinn Staff

The Elements, Compounds and Mixtures Chemistry Laboratory Kits are composed of four activities ideal for teaching the concepts of elements, compounds and mixtures. Familiarize students with element symbols, flow charts and more!

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Product Details

A great, high-quality introductory kit—ideal for teaching the concepts of elements, compounds and mixtures. Four separate activities are provided.
• The first paper-and-pencil activity will familiarize students with common element symbols and names.
• In the second “classification of matter” activity, students use a flow chart to classify various materials as either an element, a compound or a mixture.
• Next is a laboratory activity in which students use physical separation techniques to separate a mixture consisting of sand, salt, zinc and iron filings.
• Then students chemically react aluminum with copper(II) chloride to produce and isolate a new element and compound.

Detailed Teacher Notes and reproducible student handouts include easy-to-follow lab instructions, sample data, answers to questions and in-depth background information. All chemicals and specialized equipment are provided.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs. Super Value Kit is complete for 5 classes of 30 students working in pairs. One magnetic wand is included with the kit—additional wands are available separately.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
MS-ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
MS-ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution

Crosscutting Concepts


Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-2. Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
HS-PS1-1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.