The Separation Lab: Candy Colors

There's no better motivator than candy! An engaging activity has pupils explore methods for separating mixtures. A two-part lab first explores methods of separation based on size and magnetism. The second activity introduces learners to chromatography as they separate the dyes in Skittles and M&M's.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the concept questions to check for understanding
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires many specific materials for the lab activity
  • Expects an understanding of chemical mixtures
Pros

  • Uses common household items that are readily available
  • Provides material for a prelab lecture
Cons

  • None