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Properties of Materials 2

In this worksheet, students will be challenged to extend their understanding of materials by looking at different properties and deciding which material has those properties and so what use it is put to as a result.

'Properties of Materials 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Properties and Changes of Materials

Curriculum subtopic:   Testing Everyday Materials

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In this worksheet, there are a series of tests on different materials to try to find out what sort of properties they have. See whether you can look at the information gathered from the investigation and use that to help you work out which material was being tested.

 

Child testing rock

 

Sara investigated some materials to see whether they were:

 

  • magnetic
  • transparent
  • waterproof
  • electrical conductor

 

In the following questions you will see the results of Sara's investigation - use these to decide which material she was testing.

Sara's first material was:

 

  • magnetic
  • waterproof
  • electrical conductor
  • not transparent

 

Which one was it?

steel nail

glass bottle

copper pipe

The next material was:

 

  • not magnetic
  • not transparent
  • not an electrical conductor
  • waterproof

 

Which one was it?

newsaper

plastic straw

copper pipe

The next material was:

 

  • not magnetic
  • not transparent
  • electrical conductor
  • waterproof

 

Which one was it?

steel nail

plastic straw

copper pipe

The next material was:

 

  • not magnetic
  • transparent
  • not an electrical conductor
  • waterproof

 

Which one was it?

steel nail

glass bottle

copper pipe

The next material was:

 

  • not magnetic
  • not transparent
  • not an electrical conductor
  • not waterproof

 

Which one was it?

newspaper

plastic straw

copper pipe

Robert thought Sara's idea to test materials was great and tried out some of his own. One of the tests he wanted to do was to see whether his materials caught fire, so he asked his science teacher for help.

 

Burning match

 

He tested his materials to see if they:

 

  • were bendy
  • were smooth to touch
  • caught fire
  • floated in water

 

Use Robert's results to discover what material he was investigating.

 

The first one floated in water, caught fire, was not smooth to touch and snapped when bent. Which one do you think it was?

rubber glove

cardboard box

wooden stick

The next material had the following properties:

 

  • did not float in water
  • did not catch fire
  • not smooth to touch
  • did not bend

 

What do you think it was?

cleaning cloth

rubber glove

stone from the garden

The next material had the following properties:

 

  • did float in water
  • did catch fire
  • smooth to touch
  • bendy

 

What do you think it was?

cleaning cloth

cardboard box

wooden stick

The next material had the following properties:

 

  • did not float in water
  • did catch fire
  • not smooth to touch
  • bendy

 

What do you think it was?

cleaning cloth

stone from the garden

rubber glove

The next material had the following properties:

 

  • did float in water
  • did catch fire
  • smooth to touch
  • bendy

 

What do you think it was?

wooden stick

stone from the garden

rubber glove

  • Question 1

Sara's first material was:

 

  • magnetic
  • waterproof
  • electrical conductor
  • not transparent

 

Which one was it?

CORRECT ANSWER
steel nail
EDDIE SAYS
It can't be glass - that's transparent. It could be copper, but ... copper's not magnetic; so ... it's a steel nail!
  • Question 2

The next material was:

 

  • not magnetic
  • not transparent
  • not an electrical conductor
  • waterproof

 

Which one was it?

CORRECT ANSWER
plastic straw
EDDIE SAYS
Copper is a conductor, newspaper is nearly right, but it's not waterproof, so the answer is a plastic straw.
  • Question 3

The next material was:

 

  • not magnetic
  • not transparent
  • electrical conductor
  • waterproof

 

Which one was it?

CORRECT ANSWER
copper pipe
EDDIE SAYS
Plastic doesn't conduct electricity, so it's between steel and copper - it has to be copper because it's not magnetic.
  • Question 4

The next material was:

 

  • not magnetic
  • transparent
  • not an electrical conductor
  • waterproof

 

Which one was it?

CORRECT ANSWER
glass bottle
EDDIE SAYS
This material is transparent, so that means it has to be glass - which is also not magnetic or a conductor and, thankfully, it is waterproof!
  • Question 5

The next material was:

 

  • not magnetic
  • not transparent
  • not an electrical conductor
  • not waterproof

 

Which one was it?

CORRECT ANSWER
newspaper
EDDIE SAYS
Copper conducts electricity, so it can't be that; plastic is waterproof, so it can't be that; the description fits newspaper!
  • Question 6

Robert thought Sara's idea to test materials was great and tried out some of his own. One of the tests he wanted to do was to see whether his materials caught fire, so he asked his science teacher for help.

 

Burning match

 

He tested his materials to see if they:

 

  • were bendy
  • were smooth to touch
  • caught fire
  • floated in water

 

Use Robert's results to discover what material he was investigating.

 

The first one floated in water, caught fire, was not smooth to touch and snapped when bent. Which one do you think it was?

CORRECT ANSWER
wooden stick
EDDIE SAYS
The rubber glove and cardboard box will also do most of those things but they won't snap when bent, so Robert was testing his wooden stick.
  • Question 7

The next material had the following properties:

 

  • did not float in water
  • did not catch fire
  • not smooth to touch
  • did not bend

 

What do you think it was?

CORRECT ANSWER
stone from the garden
EDDIE SAYS
The description fits the properties of a stone best: sinks in water, rough to feel, hard not bendy and will not catch fire.
  • Question 8

The next material had the following properties:

 

  • did float in water
  • did catch fire
  • smooth to touch
  • bendy

 

What do you think it was?

CORRECT ANSWER
cardboard box
EDDIE SAYS
The cleaning cloth is rough-feeling and sinks, so it cannot be that. The wooden stick is not bendy or smooth, so the answer has to be the cardboard box.
  • Question 9

The next material had the following properties:

 

  • did not float in water
  • did catch fire
  • not smooth to touch
  • bendy

 

What do you think it was?

CORRECT ANSWER
cleaning cloth
EDDIE SAYS
Rubber gloves are smooth, so that's not right, and a stone won't catch fire, so it must be the cleaning cloth.
  • Question 10

The next material had the following properties:

 

  • did float in water
  • did catch fire
  • smooth to touch
  • bendy

 

What do you think it was?

CORRECT ANSWER
rubber glove
EDDIE SAYS
The stone is wrong for everything, the wooden stick isn't bendy and feels rough, so it must be the rubber glove!
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