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How Do We Describe Materials?

In this worksheet, students answer questions using science words which describe the properties of everyday materials all around us.

'How Do We Describe Materials?' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Everyday Materials

Curriculum subtopic:   Physical Properties of Everyday Materials

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

There are many different kinds of materials that we use everyday. Look around your room. How many materials can you see and name? Did you find any of these?

 

wood paper fabric

 

As scientists, we must learn the words which describe materials. Wood is hard, but fabric is soft.

Hard and soft are called properties. Properties describe materials.

 

Which two words describe this rock?

hard

soft

smooth

rough


 

Which two words describe this cotton towel?

soft

hard

bendy

stiff


 

This bottle is made of plastic. Choose the two words which describe plastic.

heavy

light

waterproof

dull

 

Which two words describe this fabric PE bag?

stiff

bendy

shiny

dull


 

These wellington boots are made of rubber. Find two properties of rubber.

see-through

dull

shiny

not see-through

This beaker is made of glass:


 

Which two words describe glass?

hard

bendy

rough

smooth


 

These rings are made of gold. Choose two words to describe gold.

metallic

dull

stretchy

shiny


 

The fabric material this umbrella is made from can be described as... Choose two.

waterproof

see-through

stiff

bendy


 

This pencil is made from wood. Which two words describe wood?

metallic

stiff

bendy

not see-through

This book is made of paper:


 

Choose two words which describe paper.

waterproof

smooth

shiny

dull

  • Question 1

 

Which two words describe this rock?

CORRECT ANSWER
hard
rough
EDDIE SAYS
The rock is hard and rough. Rough means that it feels bumpy when we touch it.
  • Question 2


 

Which two words describe this cotton towel?

CORRECT ANSWER
soft
bendy
EDDIE SAYS
The towel is soft and fluffy. It is also bendy, so that it can wrap all the way around you when you get out of the bath!
  • Question 3


 

This bottle is made of plastic. Choose the two words which describe plastic.

CORRECT ANSWER
light
waterproof
EDDIE SAYS
Plastic is a light, waterproof material. Waterproof means that water will not travel through it.
Materials which allow water to travel through them are called absorbent.
  • Question 4

 

Which two words describe this fabric PE bag?

CORRECT ANSWER
bendy
dull
EDDIE SAYS
The fabric that the PE kit bag is made from is bendy and dull. Dull means that it is not shiny.
  • Question 5


 

These wellington boots are made of rubber. Find two properties of rubber.

CORRECT ANSWER
shiny
not see-through
EDDIE SAYS
Rubber is shiny and you cannot see through it. It is also waterproof, so we don't get our feet wet when we are splashing in puddles and wearing our welly boots!
  • Question 6

This beaker is made of glass:


 

Which two words describe glass?

CORRECT ANSWER
hard
smooth
EDDIE SAYS
Glass is hard and smooth. We use it for lots of different things, including glasses and windows.
Glass is transparent, which means we can see through it.
  • Question 7


 

These rings are made of gold. Choose two words to describe gold.

CORRECT ANSWER
metallic
shiny
EDDIE SAYS
Gold is a kind of metal. These materials are called metallic.
  • Question 8


 

The fabric material this umbrella is made from can be described as... Choose two.

CORRECT ANSWER
waterproof
bendy
EDDIE SAYS
Umbrellas are waterproof, so they protect us from the rain. They are also bendy and can be tidied away when it's not raining.
  • Question 9


 

This pencil is made from wood. Which two words describe wood?

CORRECT ANSWER
stiff
not see-through
EDDIE SAYS
Pencil wood is stiff and does not bend.
Wood is also not see-through. Materials we cannot see through are described as opaque.
  • Question 10

This book is made of paper:


 

Choose two words which describe paper.

CORRECT ANSWER
smooth
dull
EDDIE SAYS
The paper in the book has a smooth surface and is not shiny, which means it must be dull!
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