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Materials - Testing the Properties
Despite having colour, stained glass is still transparent.

Materials - Testing the Properties

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 Science for children aged 5 and 6 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with testing the properties of materials.

At school you have looked at different materials. You have done simple tests on materials. Things we can test, like strength or stretchiness, are called properties. How can you test which material is the strongest or which material is the stretchiest? Can you plan how to test different materials? In this quiz, you are asked about the best ways to test the properties of different materials.

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1.
Anna has a bag of flour and a bag of feathers. She wants to check which is the softest. What should she do?
Put her hand into the bags and say which one is softest.
Ask two people to put their hands into the bags and say which is softest.
Ask ten people to put their hands into the bags and say which is softest.
Ask ten people to look into the bags and say which is softest.
In this test, ask as many people as possible
2.
Anna has a bag of flour and a bag of feathers. She does a test to decide which is the softest. She asks ten people to put their hands into the bags and say which is softest. Here are her results:

7 people say the feathers are softest. 2 people say the flour is softest. 1 person says they are both as soft as each other.

What has Anna found out?
Flour is softer than feathers
Feathers are probably softer than flour
Flour and feathers are both as soft as each other
Feathers are soft
That was a hard question!
3.
Ella's mum and dad have a plastic bag, a cardboard bag, a paper bag, and a leather bag. How can Ella test to see which is the strongest bag?
Pour water into each bag
Put weights into each bag
Look at the bags with a magnifying glass
Jump up and down on the bags
Which one of the four bags do you think will be the strongest? Which do you think will be the weakest?
4.
Ali has a piece of paper and a piece of card. She wants to know which is the shiniest. How can she test to see which is the shiniest?
Look at them in the dark
Shine a torch on them and see which one reflects the most light
Try cutting them with scissors
Try stretching them
Mirrors are very shiny
5.
Tom has some straws. One is made of plastic. One is made of paper. One is made of waxed card. One is made of rubber. Tom wants to know which material is the bendiest. How can Tom test to see which one is the bendiest?
Drink through each straw in turn
See how far each straw will twist round a beaker
Pull hard on each straw
Squash the straws with weights
The bendiest straw is the most flexible straw
6.
Sarah has six glass bottles. They are all different colours. Sarah wants to know which glass bottle is most transparent. What can she do?
Shine a torch through each one and see which is brightest
Shine a torch through each one and see which is dullest
Tip the bottles upside down
Roll the bottles along the floor
Don’t forget, you can see through a transparent material
7.
Grace has two boxes of tissues. Grace wants to know which tissue is best.

She takes one tissue from each box. She puts them in saucers. Then she pours a teaspoon of water on each tissue.

How does Grace know which tissue is best?
The best tissue soaks up only a little bit of water
The best tissue soaks up no water
The best tissue soaks up the most water
The best tissue soaks up hardly any water
The best tissue is the most absorbent
8.
Adam wants to find the stretchiest material.

Adam has a piece of string, a piece of wool, a piece of cotton, and a rubber band. They are all 10 cm long.

Adam ties a 50 gram weight to each one.

What must Adam measure to find out which one is stretchiest?
Measure the length before and after adding the weight
Only measure the length before adding the weight
Measure how heavy the weight is
Measure the temperature
Which one of the four materials do you think will be the stretchiest?
9.
Freddie has two bottles of tomato sauce. He wants to know which one is the runniest. How can he test them to find out?
Shake both the bottles
Squeeze both the bottles
Turn both the bottles upside down at the same time and see which one comes out quickest
Turn both bottles upside down and shake them
This could be a messy experiment!
10.
Toni has four blocks of wood. The four blocks of wood are all the same size and weight. Some are smooth and some are rough. How can Toni find out which block of wood is the smoothest?
Pull them along the ground with a piece of string
Drop them all from a table onto the floor
Put them on a slide and see which one goes furthest
Put them on a slide and see which one does not move
How can you make a piece of wood smoother?
Author:  David Bland

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