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China is strong, waterproof and a good thermal insulator making it a good material for a teacup.

Properties of Materials

Let's explore the amazing world of materials in this KS2 Science quiz! It's all about adding special words to your vocabulary to understand the different properties of things, like 'opaque', 'translucent', 'flexible', or 'brittle'.

Properties are like the superpowers of materials. Every material has unique characteristics, and we use them for different jobs. Cork floats but isn't strong enough to build a ship, and glossy paint reflects light but not well enough to be used as a mirror. Knowing words for properties helps us pick the right material for different jobs!

Does your vocabulary include material words? Test your knowledge with this fun KS2 Science quiz on Properties of Materials!

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Plasticine can be easily moulded or squashed into different shapes. What do we call this property?
If a material is malleable, its shape can be changed easily
What do we call a material which is not at all bendy?
An insulator
The same material can be flexible or rigid - a copper kettle would be rigid, while copper wiring is very flexible
What is the opposite of waterproof?
Absorbent materials will soak up liquids whilst waterproof materials will not
What does 'property' mean when discussing materials?
A material's possessions, such as money and land
The qualities of a particular material
The copyright on a particular material
The objects which are made from a specific material
A material's properties might include hardness, flexibility, strength, shininess, softness, etc.
Which properties of china make it a good material for a teacup?
It is brittle and permeable and a good electrical insulator
It is shiny and transluscent and a good thermal conductor
It is strong and waterproof and a good thermal insulator
It is dense and opaque and a good electrical conductor
If china were a good thermal conductor, you would seriously burn your hands by holding a hot cup of tea
Why is copper used for electrical wiring?
Because it is light
Because it is flexible
Because it is a good electrical conductor
All of the above
There are lots of reasons we use copper in our electric wires rather than other materials
If light cannot pass through a material, which property does that material have?
It is opaque
It is translucent
It is transparent
It is magnetic
Translucent materials may be coloured but you can still see dim shapes through them, like stained glass. Transparent materials are completely see-through, like plain glass
What is the opposite of elasticity?
Something that is very hard and will break rather than bend is described as 'brittle'
A real 50p coin is heavier than a toy plastic 50p coin. Materials that are heavier than objects of the same size are more what?
More solid
More magnetic
More light
More dense
The mass of an object compared to its size is described as its density
Which of these materials shows great elasticity?
Elasticity is a measure of how well a material returns to its original shape and size after being stretched or compressed
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Properties and change of materials

Author:  Sheri Smith

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