Three worksheets to introduce this topic to 11–14 students

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At 11–14, students need to understand how metals are extracted, what an ore is, and reduction and oxidation. These worksheets help to build this knowledge, taking the extraction of iron, lead and copper as examples.

Before you use these worksheets, you may find it valuable to read the Education in Chemistry article, How to teach the extraction of metals. It’s full of approaches to solidify students’ knowledge of extraction, building a bedrock for further learning, including describing reactions in terms of electron transfer, at 14–16.