Materials | Teaching Ideas Join our email newsletter to receive free updates! Close Search for Ideas and Resources Filter Results Menu Materials Help your children to learn about materials with our free activity ideas and learning resources. Filter by age Filter by subject (Select all / Select none) Filter by type Filter by theme Select All Solids, Liquids and Gases Banner Here's a handy display banner about solids, liquids and gases that you can use on the Science and Geography display boards in your classroom! View Fireworks Banner A free display banner to use as part of your Fireworks topic in many different subject areas! View Materials A display about materials with lots of useful information and vocabulary. View Temperature Hunting Find places and objects which have different temperatures around your school! View Chocolate Experiment An investigation into whether chocolate can be changed from a solid to a liquid and back again! View Science Ideas A selection of ideas, covering a range of concepts, to teach older pupils. View View View
Physics for Kids: Wave Behavior Science >> Physics for Kids When waves encounter new mediums, barriers, or other waves they can behave in different ways. In physics these behaviors are described using some of the terms below. Reflection The word "reflection" is used in everyday life to describe what we see in a mirror or on the surface of the water. In physics, a reflection is when a wave encounters a new medium that acts as a barrier, causing the wave to return to the original medium. The wave "reflects" off the barrier at an angle that is incident to the angle of the wave hitting the barrier (see below). Refraction Refraction of a wave occurs when a wave changes direction upon moving from one medium to another. One example of refraction is a prism. Diffraction Diffraction occurs when a wave stays in the same medium, but bends around an obstacle. An example of a diffracted wave passing through a small opening. Polarization Polarization is when a wave oscillates in one particular direction. Absorption Interference Activities
What is Matter | Matter Facts for Kids Some substances, like glass and water, allow light to pass through them. These substances are called transparent or see-through. The matter is still there, even though it can be hard to see. Humans are very good at changing matter to make things we can use. Gases Gases Gases such as air are the lightest state of matter. Gases › Solids Solids Solids, such as wood and stone, have a fixed shape that is difficult to change. Solids › Liquids Liquids Liquids such as water can flow freely, changing their shape. Liquids › Some matter is bound up in living creatures, such as animals and plants. Earth is mostly made up of nonliving substances such as rock and metal. Changing states Changing states Matter can come in different forms, or states, such as solids, liquids, and gases. Changing states › Atoms › All matter is made up of tiny, tiny particles called atoms. Atoms › Inside an atom › Atoms can be broken down into even smaller particles. Inside an atom › Molecules › Molecules ›
Physics for Fun | CU Science Discovery Interested in teaching physics in your classroom? The Physics for Fun resources will introduce key topics in physics through the use of videos and activities developed for students in grades 4-8. Video Introduction to Physics for Fun Convection Connection Electricity Force and Motion Light Sound
Strange Matter: What is Materials Science? Who are materials scientists and what do they do? You've probably heard of a chemist, a biologist or a physicist, but have you ever heard of a materials scientist? Probably not. One reason is that materials science covers a huge range of activity and touches on many different fields - including chemistry, biology and physics! Sometimes materials scientists are called ceramic or polymer engineers or metallurgists, and you can find them working in industries, labs, and universities all over the world. But diverse as they are, materials scientists look at materials from a unified point of view: they look for connections between the underlying structure of a material, its properties, how processing changes it, and what the material can do - its performance. In the past, people used and changed materials by trial and error.
CEMC - Web Resources - Emmy Noether Circles - Mathematics Contests - University of Waterloo Named in honour of the mathematician Emmy Noether, this free online project aims to encourage the participation of both teachers and students at the Grade 5 and 6 level in solving problems for enjoyment and satisfaction. The 'circle' symbolizes an inclusive and collaborative setting, open to a variety of ability levels, wherein mutual support enhances individual investigations. Each Circle is a set of six problems, plus hints, suggestions, and solutions. The problems can be used individually, or as a set, as time permits. While group work is a major focus, most problems are also accessible to students who prefer to work on their own. Information for Teachers Certificate of Merit Certificate of Participation Circles are available in the charts below both as complete sets and divided into problems identified by curriculum strand.
What is matter? Introduction to matter Matter is anything, such as a solid, liquid or gas, that has weight (mass) and occupies space. For anything to occupy space, it must have volume. Thinking about it, everything on earth has weight and takes up space, and that means everything on earth is matter. Take a look at this boy blowing bubbles. He is holding a cup with some bubble solution in it. The boy's cup, liquid and the air he is blowing is matter. It is because of their individual properties that they are made up of. But what are their individual properties made up of? Good question. In this lesson, we shall look at the behavior and states of matter — Solids, Liquids and Gases, which are known as the three states of matter.
CEMC - Web Resources - Problem of the Week - University of Waterloo The Problem of the Week is designed to provide students with an ongoing opportunity to solve mathematical problems. Each week, problems from various areas of mathematics will be posted here and e-mailed to teachers for use with their students from grades 3 and up. Current Problems Subscribe Now! Information for Teachers These problems may be used in a variety of different ways including: posting the problems in a classroom, discussing the problems with students, and integrating the problems into the curriculum. We know that teachers will use these problems in many creative ways! Solutions to the problems will be sent out to teachers one week after the problems are e-mailed. Current Problem Archive 2018-2019 Solution Archive 2018-2019 Problem and Solution Archive Each of the following links is to a booklet containing all the problems from particular years with solutions.
The Earth’s materials – Are we wasting them? KS2 Science The Sustainable Earth Materials and their properties Right-click on these links and select 'Save Target As' 1-Introduction 2 Revising Materials and their properties a Material properties Diamond Rank Grids b Natural materials c Made materials d Revising Properties Materials card games Odd One Out games What am I games 3 Recycling Making Paper Sorting Rubbish 4 The Recycle Bin Food Bin Metals Bin Plastics Bin - Did you know? Plastics Bin - Plastic Properties Plastics Bin - Plastics group research 5 Thinking skill activities Questioning an object Resources:
Doodle Art Alley - Doodle Art Alley Is Air Made of Matter? How to Prove It Is air made of matter? You can't see or smell the air, so you may be wondering whether or not it is made of matter. Here is the answer, plus how you can tell prove air (or any other phenomenon) consists of matter. How Can You Tell Air Is Matter? Yes, air is matter. One way is to blow up a balloon with air. The matter in air is what supports the enormous weight of a plane. Also, consider the ways you experience air. If you have access to the equipment, you can weigh air on a scale. Weigh the container again. What Type of Matter Is Air? Air is an example of a gas. A gas is a form of matter that can change its shape and volume. If you analyze air, it consists mostly of nitrogen and oxygen, with smaller amounts of several other gases, including argon, carbon dioxide, and neon. The Amount of Matter Isn't Constant The amount of matter in a sample of air isn't constant from one place to another. Seeing and Tasting Air While you can't see or taste air, this is because it's a gas.
The Science Spot Microscope Mania (T. Tomm, Havana Junior High, Havana, IL) After learning about the basic parts of a microscope and an overview of the proper procedures for using them, my students visit 5 lab stations to learn more about the world of microscopes. I allow at least 15-20 minutes per station and provide all the materials needed to complete the activities. Download the Teacher Notes below for a description of the station activities as well as a list of materials students need. NOTE: I developed this lab to deal with increasing class sizes and a limited amount of microscopes. Microscope Mania Unit Materials: • Teacher Notes (pdf) - Provides an overview of the unit as well as a description of the station activities and materials needed Also available Need more ideas for your microscope unit or want ideas for additional stations? | Back to top | Pond Water Survey (T. A few years ago my district purchased a video flex microscope camera. Also available ... Need identification guides?