This Teacher idea includes video footage showing how a teacher uses the interactive assessment object L7557 Metal munchers: assessment to test year 5–6 students' understanding of the properties of metals. It describes and provides access to the interactive digital resource used in the classroom, along with other relevant resources.

In the video clip, available on the Resources page of this Teacher idea, the teacher begins the session by asking how we know whether a particular substance is or isn't a metal. She notes that many of the students' answers (eg metal conducts electricity, bends when heated) may be difficult to test in a classroom context, given the dangers involved.

She next introduces L7557 Metal munchers: assessment on the interactive whiteboard to the whole class and the students then individually complete the assessment tasks on the class computers. We see a pre-service teacher discussing the tasks with some students. One student confirms that aluminium is a metal after establishing that it conducts electricity. Another student confirms that plastic is not a metal by applying the same test.

The clip concludes with the two teachers discussing the students' printed reports generated by the assessment object, and what these reports indicate about the students' understanding of the topic.

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L7557 'Metal munchers: assessment'
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'Some of the students have done very well, and really got the idea of testing different materials to determine the properties of metal.'

Andrea Hennessey,
Footscray North Primary School, Vic

Overview

Curriculum area
Science

Year level
5–6

Focus
The properties of metals

Learning objectives
  • Students explore the physical properties of a range of everyday materials.
  • Students use the 'predict, observe, explain' model to gather data on a range of everyday materials.
  • Students identify the common properties of metals as conductivity, pliability and reflectivity.
  • Students apply their scientific knowledge and understanding of the properties of materials to a contextualised problem.

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(4 resources)Digital curriculum resources

Metal munchers: assessment assesssment object
Metal munchers: assessment Metal munchers: assessment TLF ID L7557

Students perform tests on a range of everyday materials to discover which are metal. They explain which tests are most useful by referring to the common properties of metals: reflectivity, malleability and conductivity.

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Metal munchers: assessment text
Metal munchers: assessment Metal munchers: assessment

View a sample printable report available from Metal munchers: assessment.

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'Chemical science' series text
'Chemical science' series 'Chemical science' series

Read about the full series of 'Chemical science' learning objects.

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Metal munchers: assessment: teacher guide teacher idea
Metal munchers: assessment: teacher guide Metal munchers: assessment: teacher guide TLF ID R9713

This guide provides teachers with guidelines to interpret student input in the assessment object Metal munchers: assessment.

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(1 resource)Support materials

In the classroom video
In the classroom

See a class discussion on the properties of metals then watch students working on an assessment object that assesses their understanding of the properties of metals and appropriate scientific tests.

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