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The following exercises relating to this module are available to download, view and print. They are available as pdf and word documents - the word documents can be edited.

A Material Argument
Work in groups to match the materials to the descriptions
A material argument (pdf)
A material argument (word)

Box of Words
Match the words to the statements
Box of words(pdf)
Box of words (word)

Match the Materials
Match the materials to their descriptions
Match the materials (pdf)
Match the materials (word)

Matching Words
Match the beginnings with the right endings to make the names of some materials
Matching words (pdf)
Matching words (word)

Muddled Materials
Work out the names of these jumbled up materials
Muddled Materials (pdf)
Muddled Materials (word)

Muddled Words fill Open Spaces
Work out the jumbled words and then use them to fill the spaces in the sentences
Muddled Words fill Open Spaces (pdf)
Muddled Words fill Open Spaces (word)

Open spaces
Work in groups to fill the spaces in these sentences
Open Spaces (pdf)
Open Spaces (word)

Property Choices
Complete the sentences with the right word
Property Choices (pdf)
Property Choices (word)

Sentence Sense
Sort out these muddled up sentences
Sentence Sense (pdf)
Sentence Sense (word)

Find the Words
Find the hidden words
Find the Hidden Words (pdf)
Find the Hidden Words (word)

Materials poster
Materials database poster and key can be downloaded from the Download Library

Knowledge of materials and their properties can be learned in different ways. Practical experience is important, but it is often difficult to ensure that all types of physical properties have been understood, and it can be difficult to provide challenge for the most able.

The database of 31 materials covers nine different properties, including whether a material is shiny or dull , floats or sinks in water, is flammable or inflammable and whether it conducts electricity or is an insulator. Once pupils have learned about the properties materials have they can put their knowledge to the test with the Mission Material game.

In the game, materials are selected whilst travelling on conveyor belts. Several options are given - select just one property to consider, or two together - materials that are shiny and man-made, for instance.

Not everyone will agreee with all the decisions - but this gives an opportunity for discussion. For instance chocolate is a solid at room temperature - but in a warm room it will certainly start to melt!