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Lesson Title: Composite Materials
August 15, 2012

Unit: Physical Science - Properties of Matter

Grade Levels: 4-6

Connection To Curriculum: Science and Mathematics

Teacher Prep Time: 20 minutes

Lesson Time Needed: 1-2 hours

Complexity: Moderate

Keywords: liquid, solid, gas, density, chemicals, matter, properties, alloys, cube, mass metals


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Worksheet copies
  Seven carbon fiber samples
  Carbon fiber strip
  Spruce strip
  Memory Metal pink book
  Nitinol sample (inside front cover
  of book; shaped to form the word "Ice")
  300 ml of hot water
Density Cube Set
  Six metal cubes
  Blue sheet with graph of "% Zinc vs
  Density of ZnAl Sample"  

Students explore the properties of composite materials through a series of four demonstrations.

Students will:
• Examine several samples of carbon fiber materials.
• Measure at least one sample and determine its volume.
• Calculate a sample's density.

First page of Composite Materials

Lesson Guide
Composite Materials Lesson
[112KB PDF file]



Lesson Activities and Sequence

  1. Composites
    Students explore the properties of composite materials through a series of four demonstrations (go to Structures and Materials section).

National Standards:

National Science Education Standards, NSTA
Physical Science
• Properties and changes in properties of matter.
• Properties and motions of objects.

Science as Inquiry
• Understanding the nature of science.

Science and Technology
• Understanding science and technology.

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, NCTM
Measurement and data
• Geometric measurement: understand concepts of volume and relate volume to multiplication and to addition.


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