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Learning objects Types of matter: elements and compounds

TLF ID L5823

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Sort the substances into groups based on how the particles are arranged. Classify the substances as elements or compounds. For example, classify mercury as an element, and aspirin as a compound. This learning object is the third in a series of six objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students interpret atomic-level views of substances.
  • Students identify differences in the particle arrangements in elements and compounds.
  • Students classify substances as elements or compounds based on the arrangement of their particles.
Educational value
  • Shows atomic-level views of elements and compounds.
  • Requires students to classify substances as elements or compounds based on the number of different particles they contain.
  • Uses particle theory to explain why compounds can be broken down, and elements cannot.
  • Provides feedback to user input.
  • Includes an option to print an information sheet summarising element and compound characteristics.
Year level


Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Atoms
    • Science/Molecules
    • Science/Matter
    • Science/Properties
    • Science/Structure
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Abstraction;
    • Comprehension activity
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Erica Dale
    • Organisation: Tungaroo Software
    • Address: Manly NSW 2095 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Graham Coghill
    • Address: Marcus Beach QLD 4573 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Denis Goodrum
    • Organisation: Australian National University
    • Address: Canberra ACT 2600 Australia
    • URL:
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
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    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.