A science experiment which investigates the strengths of solid wood and laminate.
Wood is a strong, durable material that has been used for as long as humans have been making things. The ancient Egyptians and Chinese decided to try to improve on this strength and durability by producing a new material: laminate.
This Chemical Sciences experiment allows students to investigate natural and processed materials and their comparative strengths.
The aim of this experiment is to compare the strengths of solid wood and laminate.
A Krazy Kristian’s Science Show demonstration video is available to show the students how this experiment should be run.How do I print this teaching resource?
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Australian Curriculum alignment
- Science > Year 4 > Science Understanding > Chemical sciences > ACSSU074
Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their useElaborationsdescribing a range of common materials, such as metals or plastics, and their uses (Skills: ...
- Science > Year 4 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Nature and development of science > ACSHE061
Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationshipsElaborationsexploring ways in which scientists gather evidence for their ideas and develop explanations (Skills: Literacy, ...
- Science > Year 4 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Use and influence of science > ACSHE062
Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actionsElaborationsinvestigating how a range of people, such as clothing designers, builders or engineers use science to select appropr...
- Science > Year 4 > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > ACSIS071
Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings using formal and informal representationsElaborationscommunicating with other students carrying out similar investigations to share experienc...
- Science > Year 4 > Science Inquiry Skills > Evaluating > ACSIS069
Reflect on investigations, including whether a test was fair or notElaborationsreflecting on investigations, identifying what went well, what was difficult or didn't work so well, and how well the...
- Science > Year 4 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > ACSIS216
Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findingsElaborationsdiscussing how well predictions matched results from an investigation and proposing reasons for findings (Skills: ...
- Science > Year 4 > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > ACSIS066
Consider the elements of fair tests and use formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate, to make and record observations accuratelyElaborationsmaking and recording measurements using f...
- Science > Year 4 > Science Inquiry Skills > Questioning and predicting > ACSIS064
With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on prior knowledgeElaborationsconsidering familiar situations in order to thin...
- Science > Year 4 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > ACSIS068
Use a range of methods including tables and simple column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trendsElaborationsidentifying and discussing numerical and visual patterns in data colle...
- Science > Year 4 > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > ACSIS065
With guidance, plan and conduct scientific investigations to find answers to questions, considering the safe use of appropriate materials and equipmentElaborationsexploring different ways to conduct i...
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