Extraction of Copper

Is copper found as a raw material? Science sleuths manipulate the reactants and products found in the copper extraction process in a series of fun puzzles. The interactive engages learners in pairing formulas with their names while using reasoning skills.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the activity in a lesson plan focused on the methods used for extracting copper from ore
  • Have the class practice writing and balancing the chemical equations that are part of the copper refining process
Classroom Considerations

  • Students need to be familiar with writing and naming compounds using the Stock system of nomenclature 

  • Activity makes a great addition to a focused study on the copper extraction process
  • The teacher's guide includes the puzzles in print form, as well as helpful tips for executing the activity

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