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Same Object, Different Material

In this worksheet, students answer questions about why we choose different materials to make the same, or similar, objects.

'Same Object, Different Material' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:  Everyday Materials

Curriculum subtopic:  Objects and Materials

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

We know that some materials can be described in the same way. We say that these materials have the same properties.

We also know that many objects in our homes and at school are made from different materials.

Be careful not to mix up the object with the material!

 

  

 

Bottles are objects. They can be made of plastic or glass. Plastic and glass are materials.

Plastic bottles do not break if we drop them. Glass bottles are more stiff and strong, but they will smash if they are dropped.

 

Let's look at everyday objects and give reasons why they are made from different materials!

We use bags everyday. Bags are made from different materials.

Which four materials are bags made from?

plastic

paper

stone

fabric

leather


 

We use plastic to make bin bags. Choose three words which describe why we use plastic to make bin bags.

waterproof

strong

magnetic

heavy

light weight


 

We use paper bags for things which are not heavy. This is because paper bags are not very...

strong

bendy

stretchy

PE bags are made of fabric.

Choose three reasons why we use fabric to make PE bags.

not heavy

shiny

strong

soft


 

This handbag is not made from paper, plastic or fabric.

What is the name of this material?

wool

leather

wood

Choose two reasons why leather is used to make bags.

 

Leather is...

see-through

strong

stretchy

waterproof

Wellington boots must be made of a material which is...

magnetic

waterproof

transparent

Which two materials would not be suitable to make wellies from?

wool

plastic

paper


 

Sports shoes are made of fabric. Which two properties of fabric make it a good material for sports shoes?

hard

soft

bendy

heavy


 

This shoe is called a clog. Clogs are made from wood.

We do not usually make shoes from wood for two reasons. Can you find the two reasons?

Wood is soft.

Wood is hard.

Wood is flexible.

Wood is stiff.

  • Question 1

We use bags everyday. Bags are made from different materials.

Which four materials are bags made from?

CORRECT ANSWER
plastic
paper
fabric
leather
EDDIE SAYS
Bags can be made from plastic (supermarket bags are plastic), paper (bags from groceries are usually paper) and leather or fabric (your school bag is probably made of fabric, but your mum's handbag might be made of leather!).
  • Question 2


 

We use plastic to make bin bags. Choose three words which describe why we use plastic to make bin bags.

CORRECT ANSWER
waterproof
strong
light weight
EDDIE SAYS
Bin bags need to be strong and waterproof, to stop the horrible rubbish leaking out. They also need to be light weight, so that they aren't too heavy for us to pick up when we've filled them with rubbish.
  • Question 3


 

We use paper bags for things which are not heavy. This is because paper bags are not very...

CORRECT ANSWER
strong
EDDIE SAYS
Paper bags would not be good as bin bags as they would break and the rubbish would go everywhere. They can be used for things like sweets, as they are not very heavy.
  • Question 4

PE bags are made of fabric.

Choose three reasons why we use fabric to make PE bags.

CORRECT ANSWER
not heavy
strong
soft
EDDIE SAYS
Our PE bag needs to last a long time and it needs to be strong so that we do not lose our kit! If it was hard, it would not be easy to carry around.
  • Question 5


 

This handbag is not made from paper, plastic or fabric.

What is the name of this material?

CORRECT ANSWER
leather
EDDIE SAYS
Leather is a material which we do not make, we call it a natural material. We use leather to make lots of different objects, including bags!
  • Question 6

Choose two reasons why leather is used to make bags.

 

Leather is...

CORRECT ANSWER
strong
waterproof
EDDIE SAYS
Leather is very strong, so it lasts for a long time. It is also waterproof, so it keeps the stuff inside the bag nice and dry.
  • Question 7

Wellington boots must be made of a material which is...

CORRECT ANSWER
waterproof
EDDIE SAYS
Wellington boots MUST be waterproof, to stop our feet getting wet when we are stomping through mud and puddles.
  • Question 8

Which two materials would not be suitable to make wellies from?

CORRECT ANSWER
wool
paper
EDDIE SAYS
Plastic is a waterproof material. Wool and paper are not waterproof, they are absorbent.
  • Question 9


 

Sports shoes are made of fabric. Which two properties of fabric make it a good material for sports shoes?

CORRECT ANSWER
soft
bendy
EDDIE SAYS
When we play sports, we need to be able to move easily and quickly. We also need to feel comfortable. Fabric is a light, soft, flexible material.
  • Question 10


 

This shoe is called a clog. Clogs are made from wood.

We do not usually make shoes from wood for two reasons. Can you find the two reasons?

CORRECT ANSWER
Wood is hard.
Wood is stiff.
EDDIE SAYS
We need shoes to be comfortable - not hard and stiff!
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