Soap, Slime, and Creative Chromatography

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Do you think chromatography paper suffers from separation anxiety? Young chemists make soap, slime, silly putty, and experiment with chromatography in this lesson. The material includes clear instructions for each experiment along with observation and conclusion questions. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas

  • Research how chromatography is used in business or manufacturing
Classroom Considerations

  • Review all safety procedures before beginning experiments
  • Closely monitor when heating water to avoid injuries
  • The first chemistry lesson in a series of 11
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  • Includes two extensions 
  • Includes background information 

  • Does not provide an answer key
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