Classifying Matter Activity: Compare Elements and Compounds Brochure


Compare and contrast elements and compounds!

Grades 7 and Up


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Classification of Matter Activity:  Students see that the PROPERTIES of compounds are not necessarily the same as the elements that make them up!

In this activity, students will:

  • RESEARCH the properties of one compound (from a provided list) and the two elements that make it up. They can use the internet OR the information pages we have provided – your choice.
  • CREATE A TRI-FOLD BROCHURE (from a provided template with specific prompts) to visually compare the properties of the compound and its two elements.
  • ANSWER follow-up questions including some CER analysis. Questions lead students to conclude that the properties of a compound may be very different than its elements.

Teacher Notes:

  • Related standard: NGSS MS-PS1-1
  • This resource is appropriate for upper middle school.
  • Please note that this resource is not editable.
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