Layered Curriculum:        8.P.1.1:  Atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures

Unit length:  7 days                                                                        Due Date:  ___________

Essential Standards:

8.P.1.1:  Classify matter as elements, compounds or mixtures based on how the atoms are packed together in arrangements.

Essential Questions:  

How does the arrangement of atoms determine the classification of matter?

What are the difference between elements, compounds and mixtures?

Students will be able to:

Explain what an atom is

Identify the parts of the atom including location and charge

Classify Matter as an element

Classify matter as a compound

Classify matter as a mixture and the types of mixtures

Show how the arrangement of atoms determine the classification of matter

Total Required Points:  140 points

C level assignments:  You must complete all assignments within this level:                  

Assignment - C level

Atomic Structure Video

Elements, Compounds, & Mixtures Video

States of Matter Video

States of matter simulation (must use computer)

Possible Points


C-1. Vocabulary cards completed in the format specified (8.P.1.1)


C-2.  Make a chart showing the parts of the atom and their charges


C-3. Illustrate and label the parts of an atomic model, being sure to label the charges of each part as well.


C-4.  What is density” formula and compare and contrast finding the volume of an irregular object and a regular object.


C-5.Compare and contrast elements and compounds and give examples of each


C-6.  Compare and contrast compounds and mixtures and give an example of each


C-7. What are the two types of mixtures and explain the difference between the two.  Show examples of the two types


C-8. What are the three states of matter and how do the atoms move within each state of matter and illustrate


B level assignment:     Total:  30 points:  Must complete 2 out of the 3 assignments including the required  assignment.  


Points possible


B-1. Complete a foldable showing the differences between an element, compound and mixture (required) *


B-2.  Analyzing Data:  Temperature and changes of state:  Copy the graph on page 582 in textbook and answer the questions.  You must use complete sentences and write out the questions.


B-3.Make a graphic organizer showing the relationship between matter, atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures using the a tree map or completing a mobile or some other visual aid.


A level assignment:   Total of 75 points  Must complete 2 out of the 3 assignments


Points Possible


A-1. Make a book, song, video, etc. for a 6th grader explaining atoms, compounds, elements and mixtures.  You must include heterogeneous and homogeneous mixtures.  


A-2.What are the different types of ways to separate a mixture.  Use page 544 in textbook for help.  Design an experiment using the methods described.


A-3. Research a scientist or a technology that has made significant contributions to discovering new elements and make an infographic portraying the information.  You will make a cube or other visual aid showing the following:

  1. Identify the technology or scientist
  2. Life or design
  3. Picture
  4. Facts about the person or technology
  5. What was significant about them or it
  6. What did you find interesting about this scientist or technology and why did you choose them or it?



To earn full credit you must accurately complete 140 points. Grade will be calculated as percentage of total needed points (140). No grade will be given over 100%

Total points earned ________/140


         Grade __________              


All required information included and accurate:                   Full credit

Some information inaccurate or not included:                ½ credit

Information not accurate or not relevant                        0 credit