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This animated tutorial for grades 6-9, published by the British Broadcasting Corporation, explores the molecular basis of compounds and mixtures. It is written in "bite-size" pieces so that adolescent learners can grasp the concepts more easily and connect information with prior knowledge. Each page is supplemented with audio narration and illustrations. Learners will try to fuse or separate elements, giving them insight into the bonding process without introducing advanced vocabulary. They will also view animations of filtration and evaporation. The tutorial ends with a brief quiz that allows students to self-test their understanding.

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Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Modeling
General Physics
- Properties of Matter
Other Sciences
- Chemistry
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
= Sound
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Activity
- New teachers
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chemical bonding, chemical compounds, chemical reaction, covalent bonding, ionic bonding, mixtures
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Metadata instance created June 27, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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February 13, 2013 by Lyle Barbato
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October 9, 2006

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4D. The Structure of Matter
  • 6-8: 4D/M1a. All matter is made up of atoms, which are far too small to see directly through a microscope.
  • 6-8: 4D/M1b. The atoms of any element are like other atoms of the same element, but are different from the atoms of other elements.
  • 6-8: 4D/M1cd. Atoms may link together in well-defined molecules, or may be packed together in crystal patterns. Different arrangements of atoms into groups compose all substances and determine the characteristic properties of substances.
  • 6-8: 4D/M5. Chemical elements are those substances that do not break down during normal laboratory reactions involving such treatments as heating, exposure to electric current, or reaction with acids. All substances from living and nonliving things can be broken down to a set of about 100 elements, but since most elements tend to combine with others, few elements are found in their pure form.
  • 6-8: 4D/M11. Substances react chemically in characteristic ways with other substances to form new substances with different characteristic properties.
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AIP Format
GCSE Bitesize, (British Broadcasting Corporation, London, 2005), WWW Document, (http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/chemical_material_behaviour/compounds_mixtures/activity/).
GCSE Bitesize, BBC Bitesize: Compounds and Mixtures, (British Broadcasting Corporation, London, 2005), <http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/chemical_material_behaviour/compounds_mixtures/activity/>.
APA Format
GCSE Bitesize. (2006, October 9). BBC Bitesize: Compounds and Mixtures. Retrieved January 18, 2017, from British Broadcasting Corporation: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/chemical_material_behaviour/compounds_mixtures/activity/
Chicago Format
GCSE Bitesize. BBC Bitesize: Compounds and Mixtures. London: British Broadcasting Corporation, October 9, 2006. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/chemical_material_behaviour/compounds_mixtures/activity/ (accessed 18 January 2017).
MLA Format
GCSE Bitesize. BBC Bitesize: Compounds and Mixtures. London: British Broadcasting Corporation, 2005. 9 Oct. 2006. 18 Jan. 2017 <http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/chemical_material_behaviour/compounds_mixtures/activity/>.
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@misc{ Author = "GCSE Bitesize", Title = {BBC Bitesize: Compounds and Mixtures}, Publisher = {British Broadcasting Corporation}, Volume = {2017}, Number = {18 January 2017}, Month = {October 9, 2006}, Year = {2005} }
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