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Unit Overview: Materials

  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock
  • Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
  • Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.

For next step we recommend the unit: Building things.

Lessons:

6 lessons

Which materials float and sink?

In this lesson, we will be investigating different materials and their properties. We will be exploring which materials float and which materials sink, then we will be making comparisons while looking at their properties. Do all hard materials sink? Do all soft materials float? If you would like to take part in the experiment you will need a coin or small metal object, a cotton ball or pad, stones, a pencil and a bowl of water. Otherwise, you can watch me conduct the experiment while observing the outcomes.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 21m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Worksheet

Which materials are absorbent?

In this lesson, we will be learning about absorbency. We will test and compare the absorbency of a variety of household materials. You will need a piece of paper and a pencil to complete today's lesson. For the experiment, if you would like to take part, you will need: a sponge or cloth, plastic bag or cup, foil, cardboard or paper, cotton wool or tissue. If you do not have these materials, you can watch me complete the experiment while observing the outcomes.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 21m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Worksheet
  • Transcript