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Choosing Materials

In this worksheet, students answer questions about the materials of everyday objects and learn that the same familiar objects can be made using different materials.

'Choosing Materials' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:  Everyday Materials

Curriculum subtopic:  Everyday Materials

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

All the objects or things that we use everyday are made of materials – wood, plastic, glass, paper.

Sometimes the same objects can be made from different materials.

 

paper plate pottery plate metal plate

 

These plates are made from different materials, but they are all plates!

 

You may need to look around your home to find the same objects, but ones which are made from different materials.

Choose three materials that spoons can be made from.

wood

plastic

paper

metal

Which two materials can chopsticks made from?

plastic

wood

clay

rock

Which two materials do we use to make cups?

plastic

cotton

fabric

pottery

Summer shoes are made from different materials. Choose three from this list.

leather

paper

plastic

fabric

What material is this toy car made from?

wood

plastic

cotton

paper

Choose two other materials which toy cars can be made from.

plastic

rock

paper

metal

This doll is very old. She is made from pottery.

Which two materials are dolls made from today?

plastic

brick

fabric

glass

Choose two materials which balls can be made from.

pottery

leather

plastic

sand

Hats can be made from different materials. Choose three from this list.

paper

rock

fabric

wool

Which two materials do we use to make a hammer?

metal

fabric

pottery

wood

  • Question 1

Choose three materials that spoons can be made from.

CORRECT ANSWER
wood
plastic
metal
EDDIE SAYS
Spoons can be made from plastic, wood and metal. They cannot be made from paper as the paper is not strong enough. The food would fall onto the floor before it had reached our mouths!
  • Question 2

Which two materials can chopsticks made from?

CORRECT ANSWER
plastic
wood
EDDIE SAYS
Chopsticks can be made of wood or plastic. Rock would not work as it would be too difficult to carve the rock into the chopstick shape, and clay might break as we were trying to pick up some food.
  • Question 3

Which two materials do we use to make cups?

CORRECT ANSWER
plastic
pottery
EDDIE SAYS
We can make cups from pottery (clay) or plastic. Fabric and cotton would not work as they are absorbent materials so the liquid inside would be soaked up and there wouldn't be any left for us to drink.
  • Question 4

Summer shoes are made from different materials. Choose three from this list.

CORRECT ANSWER
leather
plastic
fabric
EDDIE SAYS
Leather is a material which is strong, bendy and waterproof.
  • Question 5

What material is this toy car made from?

CORRECT ANSWER
wood
EDDIE SAYS
This toy car is made of wood. It is a good material to make toys out of because it is strong and lasts for a long time.
  • Question 6

Choose two other materials which toy cars can be made from.

CORRECT ANSWER
plastic
metal
EDDIE SAYS
Toy cars could also be made from metal or plastic. They are also strong materials which last for a long time.
  • Question 7

This doll is very old. She is made from pottery.

Which two materials are dolls made from today?

CORRECT ANSWER
plastic
fabric
EDDIE SAYS
Dolls can be made from fabric, which is stuffed with cotton wool or stuffing to make it more sturdy. They could also be made from plastic, which is stronger and would last a lot longer.
  • Question 8

Choose two materials which balls can be made from.

CORRECT ANSWER
leather
plastic
EDDIE SAYS
Most balls, like footballs and rugby balls, are made from leather because it is very strong and lasts for a long time. However, lots of other balls are made from plastic, because it is very light and can easily be bent and made into different shapes.
  • Question 9

Hats can be made from different materials. Choose three from this list.

CORRECT ANSWER
paper
fabric
wool
EDDIE SAYS
Hats can be made of paper like the ones you wear at New Year's Eve. They can also be woollen like a beanie or made out of fabric. As long as they're soft and bendable so they are comfortable to wear on your head.
  • Question 10

Which two materials do we use to make a hammer?

CORRECT ANSWER
metal
wood
EDDIE SAYS
We use metal and wood to make a hammer, because they are strong and robust. If we used pottery, the hammer would brake when we hit something.
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