Properties of Materials Unit Plan

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Properties of Materials Unit Plan

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This Chemical Sciences unit investigates the observable properties of materials. Descriptive vocabulary is explored as well as the suitability of materials for different purposes.

It consists of 6 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

For some of the lessons in this unit, students explore materials at various stations. Additional adult supervision at some of these stations would be beneficial.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.

Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to add to a learning portfolio. These can also be used to assess students’ understanding of the unit objectives.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Diving Into Description

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A 60 minute lesson in which students explore the properties of materials and develop vocabulary to describe them.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Let's Sort!

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A 60 minute lesson in which students identify the material objects are made of and sort them in various ways.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

What Works Best?

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A 60 minute lesson in which students develop an understanding of the suitability of certain materials for different purposes.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Give Me Some Shade

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A 60 minute lesson in which students investigate materials to determine how much shade they provide.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Keep Me Dry

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A 60 minute lesson in which students investigate materials to determine how water resistant they are.

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Lesson 6 (Assessment) 60 minutes

Making Monsters

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A 60 minute lesson in which students design and create a 3D monster using objects made from materials with different properties.

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National Curriculum in England alignment

  • Science

    The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 1 is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. They should be encouraged to be curious and ask questions a...

  • Everyday materials

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