Materials KS2 Science. Find out the characteristics of rocks. Which rocks are permeable, float, split or wear well?
How Are Crayons Made? Video
Two children meet Curious Cat, an animated cat who asks them if they would like to find out how crayons are made. The children see where the chemicals which make crayons come from – oil. They see that oil comes from rocks underground and how it is processed to turn it into wax. They visit a crayon factory where an expert shows them the process of making crayons.
How Is Window Glass Made? Video
Two children meet Curious Cat, an animated cat who asks them if they would like to find out how glass is made. They take a trip to a glass making factory and to start learn about the raw materials used to make it, such as sand, soda ash and limestone.
Material World Interactive
Three online experiments exploring materials: breaking point, keeping cozy and let's rock with image gallery and teachers area. Registration required but resources are good quality and free.
Properties Of Materials Video
Children test the properties of materials. One group has a clown, whose nose is connected to an electrical circuit. The children have to predict which materials will complete the circuit and light the clown's nose. Another group investigates the absorbency of materials. After predicting, pupils test the materials to find out how accurate their predictions are. Materials can be solids, liquids or gases and all have properties - even air. In the final experiment, children find out the length of time it takes for a candle to burn, depending on the size of the upturned jar it is under.
Science Investigators Lesson Plan
Pupils take on the role of Young Science Investigators, exploring science in the world around them. This section covers materials and includes the following: introductory animation, treasure hunt activity, poster and stickers, three practical, hands-on classroom activities, and activity sheets. Registration required but resources are free.