Homeschooling:
"You're BRAVER than you believe,
STRONGER than you seem,
and SMARTER than you think."
-A.A Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Friday, September 7, 2012

Science For Kids: Types Of Materials And Their Properties

My boy loves to point to stuff around him and talks about materials they are made of. I decided to make a little lesson on that subject. Also, I think he is ready for new set of vocabulary and definitions. Adjectives describing  materials used in that lesson are: 

transparent- allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen
insulating- the act of protecting something by surrounding it with material that reduces or prevents the transmission of sound or heat or electricity
electrical conductora substance or medium that conducts heat, light, sound, or especially an electric charge
waterproof- doesn’t let water seep through
durable- able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration

I included: 
Tray with materials 

 Labels of each type of material

 Activity #1- matching names to materials

 Activity #2-ask your child to describe each material and label them


 Activity #3-Provide example of different objects made from the same material: what material is it made of?

 How would you describe these objects?

Activity #4: Ask your child to find different objects made from the same material around the house: example -shell. Talk about their use and their properties using new vocabulary.


 You also can use more advanced vocabulary and some interesting properties like:
Plastic:
Resistance to corrosion and chemicals
Low electrical and thermal conductivity  
High strength
Colors available in a wide variety and transparent.
Good durability
Low cost
Easy of manufacture
Resistance to water
Low toxicity
Rubber:
Elasticity
Copper
Excellent conductor of electricity.Copper is malleable. Malleable or ductile is when you can bend the thing. If the thing is not ductile it cannot be bent.

Eaton talks about all kinds of stuff with daddy, so there is no limit to new vocabulary they use. Eaton always asks questions and activities like that are fun to do with him.

Here are some free pages for you to print out. Blank spots are for more properties if you wish to use.

Your child can review his knowledge about different types of materials and their properties using ScienceKids activity.
Have a great weekend!



4 comments:

Pani M. said...

It is great! I admire you... you are a really amazing example of a teaching mum!!

Marta said...

Thank you Pani M. I'm trying to do my best:-)

wkropka von BILDschön said...

Marta.... super to wam wyszlo. niedlugo mi przyjdzie zrobic tego polska i niemiecka wersje ;)

wkropka
p.s. nasze dzieci sa w podobnym wieku (44mcy i 16 mcy) mlodszy moim zdaniem, jak na swoj wiek "duzo" mowi i duzo rozumie. moj starszy jest tzw. "late talker", wlasnie sie rozkreca, wiec narazie nie wprowadzam dodatkowych jezykow (wychowujemy dzeic dwujezycznie), a moze powinnam mimo to... jak czytalam domana, to byla tam mowa o wprowadzaniu kilku jezykow jednoczesnie, ale nie wiem czy mu w tym wypadku raczej nie zaszkodze niz pomoge...

pozdrawiam
wkropka

Marta said...

Hi Wkropka
Cokolwiek czytalam na temat uczenia wielu jezykow jednoczesnie nie napotkalam sie na rodziny ktore by mowily o negatywnym wplywie nauki wielu jezykow w tym samym czasie. Moj Eaton uczy sie 4 jezykow, do okolo 3 roku zycia mieszal slowa w roznych jezykach. W tej chwili juz tego nie robi. Zmienia jezyki ladnie, do taty odpowiada po angielsku do mnie po polsku (troche lamana polszczyzna:)w Chinskim i Hiszpanskim troche slabiej sobie radzi jako ze nie ma z kim bezposrednio rozmawiac. Nasza chinska nauczycielka przeklada sie czasowo, a z Hiszpanskim to jedynie z mediow, ale kiedy zapytam o to co powiedzieli na filmie,tlumaczy mi. Ja gdybym mogla to bym uczyla wiecej jezykow:)
pozdrawiam serdecznie