Everything around us is made from materials. Whether a material occurs naturally, like water, or is made by humans, like concrete, every material has properties that allows them to be grouped together.
Materials can change their state and have different properties in each state. Water is a good example of this: ice has very different properties from liquid water!
Teach your children about materials using our handy topic guide!
- Give children a selection of objects and a magnet to group them into magnetic and non-magnetic.
- Use these word cards to sort materials by their properties.
- Ask children to research the gases in the atmosphere and record their findings.
- Investigate which materials are waterproof, using this planning sheet.
- Make oobleck, an amazing material that acts like a liquid under some conditions, and like a solid under others!
- Imagine what would happen if an object was made from inappropriate materials. What would happen if a bridge was made out of jelly, or a coat made out of metal?
- Use this Oak Academy Unit on raw and synthetic materials with your class.
- Our Materials Pack includes information and activities for your materials topic.
- Anything that can be touched is made from material.
- Materials are chosen for their properties. For example, windows are made from glass because it is hard and transparent.
- Many items are made from more than one material. For example, a table can be made from wood, but metal screws and bolts hold it together.
- Some materials are natural, like rock, and others are made by humans, such as plastic.
- Materials can be combined together. For example, carbon and other materials are added to iron to make steel. Steel is stronger than iron because of the materials that have been added.
Materials And Their Properties
This video is a great introduction to the topic.
Running time: 3:57
What materials are waterproof?
Dr Brain and his team of scientists conduct an experiment to test if materials are waterproof.
Running time: 7:44
This simple song will help younger children think about materials around them.
Running time: 1:08
Objects and Materials
This video encourages children to think about the materials everyday objects are made from.
Running time: 1:37
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