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Physical Properties of Metals Worksheet

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Google Slide, PDF | 2 pages | Grades: 6

Practice identifying the common properties of metals.

This characteristics of metals and nonmetals worksheet is best used as independent practice as part of your Properties & Changes in Matter lesson.

In questions 1-3, students will identify the physical properties of metal responsible for each scenario described. Then, they’ll use their knowledge of common characteristics of metals to classify 4 items as metal or nonmetal and explain their reasoning. 

Worksheet Scaffolding and Extension Tips — Characteristics of Metals and Nonmetals

Use this common properties of metals worksheet everywhere your students put their knowledge to work! 

  • Post-lesson Exit Ticket 
  • Classroom science center activity
  • Lesson warm-up
  • Homework
  • Whole-class review (via smartboard)

Got fast finishers? Challenge students who have a grasp on the concept by coming up with additional explanations for the characteristics discussed.

Support struggling students by using this worksheet as an intervention activity or with a guided group. 

A Variety of Ways to Prepare This Resource

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.  

You can also turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity! Print a few copies on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse. 

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their science notebooks.

Before You Download

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. An answer key is also included with this download.

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This resource was created by Melissa McLaren, a teacher in Massachusetts and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 


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