8: Wood, Plastic, & Metal
For each pair of
2 Student Activity Sheets for Learning Experience 8
Wood (oak, mahogany, walnut, pine)
Plastic (clear, green)
Metal (aluminum, brass, steel)
Labels for wood, plastic, and metal
For the class:
9 large samples of each material
Read the background information in the Properties Teacher’s
Manual. (Please see PDF
) Provide each pair of students with a
cardboard tray and an assortment of four different sample woods, two different sample
plastics, and three different sample metals. Instruct the students to group the
objects. Since these objects are the same size and shape, students will most
likely group them by color, weight, or material. (Grouping by color or weight
may be the same as grouping by material but the students may not realize this.)
For this learning experience teacher will provide wood,
plastic, and metal labels, and distribute them to the students. Have each
student attach a label to something in the classroom that is made of metal,
plastic, or wood.
Students will sort the objects by mass and color and determine that some
objects are made from different materials and as a result possess different
What materials are
objects made of?
Use the large samples of wood, plastic, and metal to teach
them the names of the materials they have. Tell them that wood, plastic, and
metal are materials. List the properties of each material on the Student Activity
Sheet for Learning Experience 8.
How did you group the objects?
Which material is the heaviest/lightest?
How might the property of an object changed?
How might material be combined to create an object that has
a new property?
STUDENT ACTIVITY SHEET for Learning Experience 8
WOOD, METAL, AND PLASTIC
Property Words for Wood, Metal, and Plastic