Year 4 | Chemical sciences | Material world | Fully aligned to the Australian Curriculum
New materials have revolutionised modern life. Plastics have been used instead of glass in bottles and windows, and even instead of metals in aeroplanes. Lighter, stronger, warmer fabrics have made extreme weather conditions more comfortable. Designers incorporate new materials in clothes and bags to better suit our needs. Materials scientists are now researching materials that have desirable properties but which have less impact on the environment.
The Material world unit is an ideal way to link science with literacy in the classroom. This unit provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of the properties of materials and how they relate to use. Through investigations, students explore how to test the properties of materials fairly and how to use this knowledge to choose materials wisely.
Unit at a glance (PDF)
Equipment lists (PDF)
Alignment with the Australian Curriculum: Science (PDF)
Alignment with the Australian Curriculum: English and Maths (PDF)
Indigenous curriculum links (PDF)
Indigenous Perspectives framework (PDF)
Indigenous Perspectives Teaching and learning guide
Properties of Materials (science at school book 3C)
Knapp, Dr Brian (Atlantic Europe Publishing 2001, 24)
Plastics (Material Matters series)
Jennings, Terry (Chrysalis Children's Books 2003, 32pp)
Plastic (Material World series)
Llewellyn, Claire (Franklin Watts Australia 2005, 30pp)
ISBN 0 7496 6373 1
Plastic (Materials series)
Oxlade, Chris (Heinemann Library 2001, 32pp)
ISBN 0 431 12721 2
Plastics (Recycle, reduce, reuse, rethink series)
Walker, Kate (MacMillan Education 2004, 32pp)
ISBN 0 7329 9005 X
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing
Barrett, Judi (Aladdin paperbacks, 1970)
ISBN 1 4169 1232 0
Mr Tuggle's Troubles
Blankenship, Leeann (Boyds Mill Press, 2005)
ISBN 15907 8196 1
How things work – thermometers
An information site on thermometers, with useful links
Why are so many things made out of plastic? Inquiring Minds website
Information for students on plastics.
An interactive sustainability resource with games and information for students and educators.
A sustainability resource including information on recycling.