What’s it made of?

What’s the school made of? Explore the observable properties of objects in the school environment. Apply this understanding to design and create an object for the school that can survive outdoors.

What’s it made of? addresses the AC Science Understanding ACSSU003 Objects are made of materials that have observable properties, in the context of examining the materials used to make objects found in the school environment.

Explore our new sequences for Foundation aligned to AC V9

What’s it made of? provides students with hands-on opportunities to:

  • develop skills of observing, describing, comparing and communicating
  • explore what things are made of in the school environment
  • describe the properties of the materials used to make objects found at school

Students apply their new learning by:

  • planning and conducting an investigation of materials for water resistance
  • using data from the investigation to make a water-resistant outdoor object for the school environment

Linking science with literacy

In the Primary Connections approach, students are supported to create representations that draw on and strengthen their literacy development.
In What’s it made of?, students represent and explain their understanding about how objects are made of materials that have observable properties, by creating these representations:

  • Drawing
  • Picture map
  • Data table
  • Word wall

This is a classic Primary Connections sequence aligned with the Australian Curriculum V8.4. It is only available as a downloadable package.

The What's it made of? sequence package includes all the resources you need to teach this sequence, including:

  • The What's it made of? unit PDF
  • Equipment list
  • Australian Curriculum v8.4 alignment
  • Student eResource sheets
  • Assessment resources:
    • Assessment rubrics
    • Work samples
    • Student self-assessment
    • Achievement standard class checklist

Teacher tools

Our new all-online sequence Take, shape and create shares a curriculum content descriptor with this sequence. Take, shape and create is aligned to the Australian Curriculum V9 and contains embedded professional learning and supplementary teacher advice.

Year 2

Take, shape and create

Students learn about the properties of materials and how materials can be physically changed without changing their inherent properties. They apply this knowledge to design and make a 3D sculpture using repurposed everyday materials.