Distinguish between mixtures and solutions with this 24-card sorting activity.
Mixture vs. Solution
Do your students know the difference between a mixture and a solution? If your students can tell you that a mixture is when two or more substances are combined, and individual parts can be easily seen, then they are on the right path! On the other hand, a solution is a liquid mixture where one substance is dissolved in another.
If you are looking for an activity for students to strengthen their understanding of mixtures and solutions, look no further! Teach Starter has created a sorting activity that you can use with your students. This download includes header cards, a recording sheet, and 24 sorting cards.
To play, print and cut out cards and headers, and make copies of the student recording sheet. Students should read and sort the cards as either a mixture or a solution.
Through this activity, students will show they can distinguish between a mixture and a solution.
Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding
A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your science lessons.
In addition to individual student work time, use this sorting activity to enhance learning through guided science groups or whole class lessons.
If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts:
🆘 Support Struggling Students
For students who need support with this activity, encourage them to reference previous assignments, posters, or anchor charts. Additionally, this activity can be completed with a small group of students or in a 1-on-1 setting.
➕ Challenge Fast Finishers
If students are looking for an additional challenge, encourage them to create a list of additional mixtures and solutions.
Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies!
Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students
Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. A recording sheet and answer key are also included with this download.
Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access.
Sustainability Tip: Print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them.
This resource was created by Madison Evans, a teacher in North Carolina and Teach Starter Collaborator.
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