Magnetic Separation of a Mixture of Iron Filings and Sand

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The fourth instructional activity in a seven-part series teaches scholars that magnetic separation of mixtures can be done if one substance is magnetic. They demonstrate knowledge through a hands-on experiment, discussion, and applied questions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Apply to the needle in a haystack problem
  • Discuss the application in a science lab or metal manufacturing factory
Classroom Considerations

  • Use caution to prevent any iron fillings or sand from getting in anyone's eyes
Pros

  • Offers an extension idea for enthusiastic learners
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Common Core