GSSM Center for Outreach Launches Explore Series for 3rd-5th Grade Students

February 18, 2021

The GSSM Center for Outreach has been working to create a series of interactive online lessons for 3rd-5th grade students, called the Explore series. These lessons can be completed by students in a traditional classroom or as part of distance learning.

After the successful Explore: Rockets and Explore: Habitats, we are excited to debut our newest lesson, Explore: Separating Mixtures!

With the guidance of a GSSM instructor and their Explore kits, students will separate a complex mixture of sand, beads, and assorted balls using different tools and techniques. Students will develop an understanding of the engineering process, efficiency, and the physical properties of matter, including density. This lesson challenges students to think creatively as they test and refine their plans to separate the mixture into its components. Finally, students will communicate and reflect on their results with the use of a flow chart. Explore: Separating Mixtures may serve as an introduction to different physical properties of matter or as an engineering challenge.

Explore lessons use Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs) that are paired with hands-on explore kits to create a fun learning experience for 3rd-5th grade students. Schools within Darlington county may request a supply kit and a printed science journal for each student, and schools outside of Darlington county may request a list of optional supplies.