Science / Year 4 / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences

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Curriculum content descriptions

Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use (ACSSU074)

Elaborations
  • describing a range of common materials, such as metals or plastics, and their uses
  • investigating a particular property across a range of materials
  • selecting materials for uses based on their properties
  • considering how the properties of materials affect the management of waste or can lead to pollution
ScOT terms

Materials,  Properties of matter

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Material world

This comprehensive teacher resource explores a range of physical properties of natural and processed materials, including decomposition, absorbency and tensile strength, through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Links are made between properties of materials and their use, and an investigation ...

Interactive Resource

Sustainability action process: Waste and materials (Years 3–6)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on waste and materials using the five-step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate ...

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Package it better

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the properties of packaging materials and relevant shapes to provide strength of packaging using a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. It links science and technology through a design and test scenario based on developing a package that will safely deliver ...

Interactive resource

Plastics

Investigate properties of plastics used to make products such as DVDs and skateboard wheels. Identify properties needed for an electric kettle, an egg-lifter, a helmet and shoe soles. Test a range of properties such as melting point, tensile strength and flexibility. Find out which plastic is most suitable for each product. ...

Interactive Resource

experiMENTALS: Spooky slime

This resource contains a materials and instruction list and brief explanation for students about the process of making spooky slime with cornflour to produce a substance that is a little like a liquid and a little like a solid.

Teacher resource

Origin Energy for Schools

This is a valuable website containing comprehensive teacher and student cross-curricular teaching and learning resource for years 3 to 8 that focuses on the themes of energy, energy management and the Earth’s renewable energy sources. There are three teaching units on the themes of ‘Energy introduction’, ‘Energy management’ ...

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Sam the Lamb: properties of wool

This short video, narrated by ‘Sam the Lamb’ and a group of young wool enthusiasts, explores the properties of one of nature’s most versatile fibres. Viewers will discover how wool can stretch and return to its natural shape when worn; why wool is safe to wear around campfires and in the sun, and how wool can manages moisture ...

Interactive resource

Matter

This learning object provides simple animations that illustrate the nature of paper, water and the structure of the atom. There is a self test and also ideas for further research. These are accompanied by a timeline of discoveries about the atom, and a pdf document ‘Nanotechnology’. The object requires Adobe Flash Player ...

Teacher resource

Physical properties of materials

Students are challenged to think about why particular materials are used to make particular objects. The resources provide visual and practical demonstrations of the properties of different materials, both natural and processed. This enables students to make connections and to suggest the use of particular materials to ...

Teacher resource

Rubbish recording and reduction: Part 1

In this lesson sequence students survey and collect data concerning what is brought to school each day and subsequently becomes rubbish. They then use Excel to represent that data in a variety of different ways.

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Recycling household items

Discover why plastic is harmful to our environment and how recycling helps to reduce its impact. Listen to Jon Dee, founder of Planet Ark, discuss the problem of plastic. Watch as a bag of household items are sorted to identify what can be recycled.

Teacher resource

Rubbish recording and reduction: Part 2

In this lesson sequence students use Excel to represent data in a variety of ways.

Interactive resource

Plastics: electric kettle

Investigate properties of plastics used to make products such as DVDs and skateboard wheels. Identify properties needed for an electric kettle. Test a range of properties such as melting point, tensile strength and flexibility. Find out which plastic is most suitable for the product. This learning object is one in a series ...

Teacher resource

Origin Energy for Schools – Years 3 - 4

This is a comprehensive teacher and student cross-curricular resource that focuses on the theme of energy, covering the topics of energy transformation, renewable and non-renewable sources of energy, the environmental impact of energy use, and energy conservation. The teaching unit ‘Energy introduction’ provides teaching ...

Teacher resource

Egg bungee jump: Connected learning experience (CLE)

In this investigation, the properties of materials are investigated in the context of modelling a bungee jump by an egg. There is an emphasis on linking the physical properties of materials to their use in order to solve a real-world problem.

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Science principles in traditional Aboriginal Australia

This is an illustrated article about how Aboriginal people's traditional knowledge demonstrates an understanding of physics, biology and chemistry and how Aboriginal people gather knowledge through observation, testing, trial and error, adapting and retesting. Written by Kudjala/Kalkadoon Elder from Queensland Letitia Murgha ...

Teacher resource

Waste matters

This is a compilation of three teaching sequences about the concept of waste. It includes sections on kinds of waste people create, the difference between biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste, waste management practices at a community level, and people and organisations working for a cleaner world. It introduces this ...

Teacher resource

Learn About Wool: Years 3 - 4

This website provides resources that support students to investigate the unique properties of wool, how these properties influence the use and behaviour of wool-based end products. Students can also use the Australian wool industry as the basis for investigating the world-class technologies and methods used in modern fibre ...

Moving Image

Artificial eyes: how are they made?

To answer the question 'Are glass eyes really made of glass?' Peter Rowsthorn visits an ocularist who makes artificial eyes. Join him as he investigates how these eyes are made. Witness the skill of an ocularist, Jenny Geelen, as she creates an artificial eye to match Pete's existing eyes.

Interactive resource

Plastics: helmet

Investigate properties of plastics used to make products such as DVDs and skateboard wheels. Identify properties needed for a helmet used in rock climbing. Test a range of properties such as melting point, tensile strength and flexibility. Find out which plastic is most suitable for the product. This learning object is ...