That's chemistry!

Delve into ideas, activities and investigations about the science of materials and their properties

These resources have been taken from the popular book, That's chemistry! compiled by Jan Rees. It covers key ideas of physical science that primary students learn about, as well as giving numerous suggestions of activities, demonstrations and investigations that can be used to enhance students' learning.

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    Additional resources - That's Chemistry!

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    Additional resources from That’s Chemistry! These resources include: an introduction to the book; information about how to effectively use the concept cartoons included in the book; suggestions on how to use ICT to enhance teaching and learning.

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    Burning

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    The ‘burning’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn that when materials are burned new materials are formed, and that this process in not reversible.

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    Grouping and classifying materials

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    The ‘grouping and classifying materials’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at the key ideas and activities that can be used to teach primary students how to group and classify materials.

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    Heating and cooling materials

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    The ‘heating and cooling materials’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn how the properties of some materials change when they are heated, and that some of these changes are irreversible.

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    Insulation and conduction

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    The ’insulation and conduction’chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn how materials have different properties including whether they are conductors or insulators of heat and/or electricity.

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    Irreversible changes

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    The ‘irreversible changes- chemical reactions’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn how non-reversible changes result in the formation of new materials.

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    Mixing and dissolving materials

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    The ‘mixing and dissolving materials’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn that mixtures are made up of more than one substance and that some mixtures can be separated.

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    Rock and soils

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    The ‘rocks and soils’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn that different types of rocks and soils have different properties.

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    Separating mixtures

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    The ‘separating mixtures’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn how sieving can separate particles of different sizes and other methods used for separating mixtures.

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    Solids, liquids and gases

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    The ‘solids, liquids and gases’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn that materials can be classified as solid, liquid or gas, and to recognise the difference.

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    The properties of materials

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    The ‘properties of materials’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn how the properties of materials affects their suitability for different uses.

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    The water cycle

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    The ‘water cycle’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn how different liquids evaporate at different rates, and the factors that affect these rates.