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Cell division

Cell division – key process in growth, repair and reproduction

Many different materials are found around us in everyday life. Knowing about the properties of different materials helps us choose the right material for the job.

A database of 31 everyday materials, man made and natural, solid and liquid, transparent and opaque, allow children to explore these and many other properties.

Materials on the databse may be grouped according to one or more of their properties. Children can easily group all the materials that have those properties. This helps them to see, for instance, that all metals conduct electricity, but not all metals are magnetic.

Once children are familiar with the properties of different materials they can play the game, Mission Material. This allows them to test their knowledge in a fun and challenging way. It reinforces information gathered from the database and also allows them to go back to check properties.

Grouping materials

This database lets you find out about the properties of various common materials. It can be explored in several ways to allow you to group materials by a single property - such as those that conduct electricity - or by several different properties.

The properties of materials are those at  room temperature.

For some of the materials there may be conflicting views on the properties. For example chocolate can have a shiny surface but has been classified as dull. Engine oil can be opaque if it is dark coloured, but has been classified as transparent. Hair is shown as being soft, and lead is often dull when we see it on buildings - but clean lead is shiny.

If the properties given lead to debate and discussion, this will help children understand that sometimes there is no 'right' answer. Children could also consider how the properties would change if it was very cold.

Mission Materials game

Once you think you have learned about all the different properties, try this game. It tests your knowledge in a fun, and challenging, way. If you need to, you can go back to the database to check properties.

Use your skills to pick materials which have the correct property off the moving conveyor belt!

Photos by Anthony Short unless credited otherwise. Animations and diagrams by Edward Fullick throughout.

How to use this site

There are a number of interactive features in this e-source:

  • A glossary of terms: any word with a glossary entry is highlighted like this. Moving the mouse over the highlighted word will show a definition of that word.
  • Quick questions: at the end of most pages or sections there is a question or set of quick questions to test your understanding.
  • Animations: most of the animations can be expanded to full screen size, ideal for showing on an interactive whiteboard. The animations will play all the way through or can be viewed one section at a time.
  • Downloads: Teachers can download individual diagrams, animations and other content from the Download Library area of the website. Terms and Conditions apply.