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Exploring Objects, Materials and Fasteners

Swivel hook fastener

Swivel hook fastener (PublicDomainPictures, Pixabay)

Swivel hook fastener

Swivel hook fastener (PublicDomainPictures, Pixabay)

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Students identify and sort objects, including fasteners, according to material and purpose.

Overview

Activities Timing Student grouping Description
Minds-On: Introduction to Materials, Fasteners and Objects 10-15 minutes Large group Students learn about materials, fasteners and objects used in everyday life.
Action: Exploring Materials, Fasteners and Objects 40-50 minutes Small group Students explore the differences between materials, fasteners and objects by participating in centre activities.
Consolidation: Show What You Know 20-30 minutes Large group Students consolidate their learning through a large group sorting activity.

This lesson can be done over a few days.

Students will:

  • Examine different types of materials, fasteners and objects
  • Explore the different uses for materials, fasteners and objects

Learning Goals

Students will:

  • Examine different types of materials, fasteners and objects
  • Explore the different uses for materials, fasteners and objects

Students can:

  • Identify materials that are used to make various everyday objects, including structures
  • Identify different kinds of fasteners and describe uses for each
  • Sort objects by material
  • Sort fasteners by type and how they are used

Success Criteria

Students can:

  • Identify materials that are used to make various everyday objects, including structures
  • Identify different kinds of fasteners and describe uses for each
  • Sort objects by material
  • Sort fasteners by type and how they are used
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Observations

  • Observe and record anecdotally students’ participation and sharing during the group discussions (Action) and (Consolidation).

Conversations

  • Listen to and record students as they share how they sorted objects according to material and fastener at Centre Activity 1 (Action).
  • Have conversations with students about the different materials, fasteners and objects found in the interactive online activity (Action).

Products

  • Students demonstrate understanding of the materials and fasteners by completing the Make a Match activity (Action).

Evidence of Student Learning

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Observations

  • Observe and record anecdotally students’ participation and sharing during the group discussions (Action) and (Consolidation).

Conversations

  • Listen to and record students as they share how they sorted objects according to material and fastener at Centre Activity 1 (Action).
  • Have conversations with students about the different materials, fasteners and objects found in the interactive online activity (Action).

Products

  • Students demonstrate understanding of the materials and fasteners by completing the Make a Match activity (Action).

Students will:

  • Examine different types of materials, fasteners and objects
  • Explore the different uses for materials, fasteners and objects

Learning Goals

Students will:

  • Examine different types of materials, fasteners and objects
  • Explore the different uses for materials, fasteners and objects

Students can:

  • Identify materials that are used to make various everyday objects, including structures
  • Identify different kinds of fasteners and describe uses for each
  • Sort objects by material
  • Sort fasteners by type and how they are used

Success Criteria

Students can:

  • Identify materials that are used to make various everyday objects, including structures
  • Identify different kinds of fasteners and describe uses for each
  • Sort objects by material
  • Sort fasteners by type and how they are used
Assessment opporunties icon

This icon indicates potential assessment opportunities.

Observations

  • Observe and record anecdotally students’ participation and sharing during the group discussions (Action) and (Consolidation).

Conversations

  • Listen to and record students as they share how they sorted objects according to material and fastener at Centre Activity 1 (Action).
  • Have conversations with students about the different materials, fasteners and objects found in the interactive online activity (Action).

Products

  • Students demonstrate understanding of the materials and fasteners by completing the Make a Match activity (Action).

Evidence of Student Learning

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This icon indicates potential assessment opportunities.

Observations

  • Observe and record anecdotally students’ participation and sharing during the group discussions (Action) and (Consolidation).

Conversations

  • Listen to and record students as they share how they sorted objects according to material and fastener at Centre Activity 1 (Action).
  • Have conversations with students about the different materials, fasteners and objects found in the interactive online activity (Action).

Products

  • Students demonstrate understanding of the materials and fasteners by completing the Make a Match activity (Action).

Materials and Preparation 

Material/Technology/Setting Quantity

For all centres

  • Writing and drawing tools (e.g., pencils, erasers, coloured pencils, paper, science notebooks)
For student use

Centre Activity 1: Sorting Activity

  • A variety of materials (eg., paper, scrap fabric, small scraps of wood, cardboard, glass marble (for safety), scrap metal (without any sharp edges), styrofoam, etc.)
  • A variety of objects (eg., pencils, plastic and metal toys, cardboard box, wallet, plastic and metal utensils, teddy bear, book, plastic and paper plates/cups, wooden stir sticks etc.)
  • A variety of fasteners (e.g., buttons, glue, masking tape, transparent tape, zippers, nails, screws, twist ties, staples, Velcro®, shoe laces, clothespins, etc.)
Collection of fasteners/Ensemble de fixations
Collection of fasteners (©2019 Let's Talk Science).
Image - Text Version

Shown is a colour photograph of tape, buttons, wire, string, glue and other objects.

In the foreground is a foil baking pan filled with small objects. These include a roll of tape, silver wire, string, plastic hooks and buttons.

In the background is a bottle of white glue, twist ties, yarn, and two chip bag clips.

  • 4 sets of sorting bins, hoops, or mats
Enough to fill and organize into four different boxes or baskets

Centre Activity 2: Matching Activity

Note: If students are having difficulty holding/using a marker, use laminated versions of the reproducible along with string and tape, play doh or clay. Students use the physical materials to indicate connections between the pictures. 

1 per student or pair of students at the centre

Centre Activity 3: Interactive Exploration

Enough for 1 per student or small group
For teacher use

Materials

Material/Technology/Setting Quantity

For all centres

  • Writing and drawing tools (e.g., pencils, erasers, coloured pencils, paper, science notebooks)
For student use

Centre Activity 1: Sorting Activity

  • A variety of materials (eg., paper, scrap fabric, small scraps of wood, cardboard, glass marble (for safety), scrap metal (without any sharp edges), styrofoam, etc.)
  • A variety of objects (eg., pencils, plastic and metal toys, cardboard box, wallet, plastic and metal utensils, teddy bear, book, plastic and paper plates/cups, wooden stir sticks etc.)
  • A variety of fasteners (e.g., buttons, glue, masking tape, transparent tape, zippers, nails, screws, twist ties, staples, Velcro®, shoe laces, clothespins, etc.)
Collection of fasteners/Ensemble de fixations
Collection of fasteners (©2019 Let's Talk Science).
Image - Text Version

Shown is a colour photograph of tape, buttons, wire, string, glue and other objects.

In the foreground is a foil baking pan filled with small objects. These include a roll of tape, silver wire, string, plastic hooks and buttons.

In the background is a bottle of white glue, twist ties, yarn, and two chip bag clips.

  • 4 sets of sorting bins, hoops, or mats
Enough to fill and organize into four different boxes or baskets

Centre Activity 2: Matching Activity

Note: If students are having difficulty holding/using a marker, use laminated versions of the reproducible along with string and tape, play doh or clay. Students use the physical materials to indicate connections between the pictures. 

1 per student or pair of students at the centre

Centre Activity 3: Interactive Exploration

Enough for 1 per student or small group
For teacher use
  • Gather the materials, fasteners and objects that you will provide for Centre Activity 1 and organize Sorting Mats.
  • Print out and laminate (if you wish) the Make a Match reproducible if you wish to have students use washable or dry erase markers.
  • Print out and laminate (if you wish) the images for the Show What You Know About Materials, Objects and Materials pocket chart activity.
  • Ensure students have access to computers for Centre Activity 3. 
  • If using the Google Jamboard, make a copy for yourself before sharing with students.

Preparation

  • Gather the materials, fasteners and objects that you will provide for Centre Activity 1 and organize Sorting Mats.
  • Print out and laminate (if you wish) the Make a Match reproducible if you wish to have students use washable or dry erase markers.
  • Print out and laminate (if you wish) the images for the Show What You Know About Materials, Objects and Materials pocket chart activity.
  • Ensure students have access to computers for Centre Activity 3. 
  • If using the Google Jamboard, make a copy for yourself before sharing with students.
  • It is highly recommended that students conduct the lesson Which Fastener is Best in addition to participating in this lesson.
  • Working independently at a centre
  • Familiarity with the concept of sorting

Student Prior Knowledge and Skills

  • It is highly recommended that students conduct the lesson Which Fastener is Best in addition to participating in this lesson.
  • Working independently at a centre
  • Familiarity with the concept of sorting
Material/Technology/Setting Quantity

For all centres

  • Writing and drawing tools (e.g., pencils, erasers, coloured pencils, paper, science notebooks)
For student use

Centre Activity 1: Sorting Activity

  • A variety of materials (eg., paper, scrap fabric, small scraps of wood, cardboard, glass marble (for safety), scrap metal (without any sharp edges), styrofoam, etc.)
  • A variety of objects (eg., pencils, plastic and metal toys, cardboard box, wallet, plastic and metal utensils, teddy bear, book, plastic and paper plates/cups, wooden stir sticks etc.)
  • A variety of fasteners (e.g., buttons, glue, masking tape, transparent tape, zippers, nails, screws, twist ties, staples, Velcro®, shoe laces, clothespins, etc.)
Collection of fasteners/Ensemble de fixations
Collection of fasteners (©2019 Let's Talk Science).
Image - Text Version

Shown is a colour photograph of tape, buttons, wire, string, glue and other objects.

In the foreground is a foil baking pan filled with small objects. These include a roll of tape, silver wire, string, plastic hooks and buttons.

In the background is a bottle of white glue, twist ties, yarn, and two chip bag clips.

  • 4 sets of sorting bins, hoops, or mats
Enough to fill and organize into four different boxes or baskets

Centre Activity 2: Matching Activity

Note: If students are having difficulty holding/using a marker, use laminated versions of the reproducible along with string and tape, play doh or clay. Students use the physical materials to indicate connections between the pictures. 

1 per student or pair of students at the centre

Centre Activity 3: Interactive Exploration

Enough for 1 per student or small group
For teacher use

Materials

Material/Technology/Setting Quantity

For all centres

  • Writing and drawing tools (e.g., pencils, erasers, coloured pencils, paper, science notebooks)
For student use

Centre Activity 1: Sorting Activity

  • A variety of materials (eg., paper, scrap fabric, small scraps of wood, cardboard, glass marble (for safety), scrap metal (without any sharp edges), styrofoam, etc.)
  • A variety of objects (eg., pencils, plastic and metal toys, cardboard box, wallet, plastic and metal utensils, teddy bear, book, plastic and paper plates/cups, wooden stir sticks etc.)
  • A variety of fasteners (e.g., buttons, glue, masking tape, transparent tape, zippers, nails, screws, twist ties, staples, Velcro®, shoe laces, clothespins, etc.)
Collection of fasteners/Ensemble de fixations
Collection of fasteners (©2019 Let's Talk Science).
Image - Text Version

Shown is a colour photograph of tape, buttons, wire, string, glue and other objects.

In the foreground is a foil baking pan filled with small objects. These include a roll of tape, silver wire, string, plastic hooks and buttons.

In the background is a bottle of white glue, twist ties, yarn, and two chip bag clips.

  • 4 sets of sorting bins, hoops, or mats
Enough to fill and organize into four different boxes or baskets

Centre Activity 2: Matching Activity

Note: If students are having difficulty holding/using a marker, use laminated versions of the reproducible along with string and tape, play doh or clay. Students use the physical materials to indicate connections between the pictures. 

1 per student or pair of students at the centre

Centre Activity 3: Interactive Exploration

Enough for 1 per student or small group
For teacher use
  • Gather the materials, fasteners and objects that you will provide for Centre Activity 1 and organize Sorting Mats.
  • Print out and laminate (if you wish) the Make a Match reproducible if you wish to have students use washable or dry erase markers.
  • Print out and laminate (if you wish) the images for the Show What You Know About Materials, Objects and Materials pocket chart activity.
  • Ensure students have access to computers for Centre Activity 3. 
  • If using the Google Jamboard, make a copy for yourself before sharing with students.

Preparation

  • Gather the materials, fasteners and objects that you will provide for Centre Activity 1 and organize Sorting Mats.
  • Print out and laminate (if you wish) the Make a Match reproducible if you wish to have students use washable or dry erase markers.
  • Print out and laminate (if you wish) the images for the Show What You Know About Materials, Objects and Materials pocket chart activity.
  • Ensure students have access to computers for Centre Activity 3. 
  • If using the Google Jamboard, make a copy for yourself before sharing with students.
  • It is highly recommended that students conduct the lesson Which Fastener is Best in addition to participating in this lesson.
  • Working independently at a centre
  • Familiarity with the concept of sorting

Student Prior Knowledge and Skills

  • It is highly recommended that students conduct the lesson Which Fastener is Best in addition to participating in this lesson.
  • Working independently at a centre
  • Familiarity with the concept of sorting

Teaching and Learning Activities 

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Minds-On: Introduction to Materials, Fasteners and Objects (10-15 min.) 

Instructions Teaching Tips

Show students the slideshow Objects, Materials and Fasteners slideshow [Google slides] [pptx] [PDF]. On each slide, pause after asking the question at the top of the slide. After students share responses, click to have suggested answers appear on screen.

Materials fasteners objects slideshow
Materials, Fasteners and Objects slideshow (©2022 Let’s Talk Science).

In addition, students could be provided with physical objects to interact with that are similar to those used in the slide show. Students could hold up the objects when they are mentioned in the slideshow.

Line drawing of a chalkboard with "abc" written on it

Language

Consider creating a word wall of terminology, along with pictures, that students will encounter over the course of this lesson such as material, wood, metal, glass, plastic, fabric fastener, thumb tack, clothes pin, tape, screws, object. You could use the What You Know About Materials, Objects and Materials reproducible [Google doc] [Word doc] [PDF]

For French immersion students, both English and French words could be used.

Line drawing of speech bubbles

Discussions

Students may naturally want to offer their own examples in these discussions. Allow them time and be prepared that they will want to demonstrate their knowledge right away.

Line drawing of two gears next to each other

Community Connections

Encourage students who may have different ways of knowing and feel comfortable sharing them to explain some of the traditional items that are used within their communities as materials and fasteners used to make objects.

Tipis and wigwams are examples of traditional First Nations structures that are created with materials and fasteners found in the natural environment. It is important to remember that these diverse First Nations, Inuit and Metis groups are still around. Some are our friends, neighbours, our classmates or members of our families. As we learn about their ways of knowing it is important to do so with respect and gratitude.

Line drawing of a computer monitor with a play button

Images and Videos

Describe the images in the slideshow for students with visual impairments.

In addition, for students with hearing impairments, provide them with physical objects to interact with and ask them what sounds they associate with the items and include them in the descriptors of the items. 

 

 

Action: Exploring Materials, Fasteners and Objects 15 min. each (45 min. total)

Instructions Teaching Tips

Divide students into groups to do centre activities. Activities could be done concurrently or sequentially.

Give students a brief description of what they will be doing at each centre.

Line drawing of a chalkboard with "abc" written on it

Language

Review the concept of “sorting” to ensure students understand the concept before beginning the activities. Suggested prompts can include:

  • “How can we sort things?”
  • “Why do we sort things?”

Centre Activity 1: Sorting Objects by Materials and Fasteners

This centre activity is best done in groups of four, but other sizes of student groups could also be used.

Randomly organize the objects made of different materials and including different fasteners into four small bins or baskets. Set these, along with the four sets of sorting tools out at a centre.

Have students individually or in pairs sort the items in their basket:

  1. First according to material (e.g., wooden clothes pins with wooden popsicle sticks, etc.)
  2. Then by fastener type
Sorting fasteners by self-determined criteria/Trier des fixations en fonction de critères choisis
Sorting fasteners using string to identify similar types of fasteners (© 2019 Let's Talk Science).
Image - Text Version

Shown is a colour photograph of the objects from the first image, sorted into three groups.

In the background is the foil pan, now empty, except for a few objects in one corner. 

In the foreground, three circles have been created by laying yarn on a white tablecloth.

The bottom left circle is made from pink yarn. It contains tape, hair elastics, rubber bands, wire, and a hook for a shower curtain.

The bottom right circle is black yarn and contains glue, chip clips, velcro strips, a zip tie, yarn and string.

The top circle is made from white yarn and overlaps the other two. This contains a nut and bolt, a bulldog clip, safety pins, nails, clothespins and a plastic buckle.

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Observe and have conversations with students about how they are sorting the objects after each instance of sorting.

After each group has completed their sorting, they pass their bin to another group and repeat the process using new objects. Students continue sorting and passing objects until they have sorted each of the bins.

Encourage students to put all of the objects back into their respective bins before leaving the centre.

line drawing of a lightbulb

Idea

Review and incorporate the learning strategy of Sorting Mats to support students’ development of the skill of sorting and classifying.

Line drawing of two gears next to each other

Community Connections

Use objects that are relevant and familiar to students as well as ones which are new to them.

Line drawing of a chalkboard with "abc" written on it

Language

Add the names of objects and words for materials used in the sorting to a word wall along with images of the objects. The words could be arranged in such a way to support students in sorting.

Line drawing of speech bubbles

Discussions

Discussion prompts can include:

  • “What words could you use to describe the fasteners you have sorted here?”
  • “What words can you use to describe that material?” (e.g., what colour is wood, how does metal feel, etc.)
  • “What was your sorting rule for putting all of these things into one group?”

Centre 2: Make a Match

This centre activity is best done individually or in pairs.

Provide students at this centre with laminated Make a Match reproducible [Google doc] [Word doc] [PDF] and dry erase or washable markers.

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Pages 1 and 2 of the Make a Match reproducible (©2022 Let’s Talk Science).

If using physical materials instead of markers, put these out at the centre.

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Observe and make notes or photograph each student’s completed Make a Match sheet before they wipe it off for the next student. 

If you wish to collect the activity sheets as documentation of student learning, then print enough copies of the reproducible for each student and have them complete on paper.

Line drawing of speech bubbles

Discussions

Discussion prompts can include:

  • “How can you tell the difference between an object and a fastener?”
  • “Why do you think some objects need fasteners?”
line drawing of a lightbulb

Idea

This is a good opportunity to review what a fastener is and how it works in relation to an object (e.g., a zipper on a coat holds two pieces of fabric together so that you can put it on and take it off easily and so that wind, snow and rain can’t get through.)

Centre 3: Interactive Online Activity

Students explore different materials, fasteners and objects by clicking on different objects in this interactive presentation.

Note: Alternatively, you could do this activity with students as a class once they have completed the first two centres.

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First image in the interactive activity on Visme (©2022 Let’s Talk Science).

Students click on the arrows to go to a page about the given object or fastener. On that page, they will answer questions about the material of the object.

Note: There are two questions per page. One has a correct answer, and one has an incorrect answer. There is a prompt for students to think about their answer before clicking on the box.

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Window example from the interactive activity on Visme (©2022 Let’s Talk Science).

It is recommended that you do one of the examples together with the students by projecting the presentation on a screen.

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Using the main screen image, ask each student or pair of students what each object is made of.

 

 

Consolidation: Show What You Know (10-15 min.)

Instructions Teaching Tips

As a class, have students choose images from the Show What You Know About Materials, Objects and Materials reproducible [Google doc] [Google jamboard] [Word doc] [PDF] and place them below the correct header using a pocket chart, chalkboard or whiteboard with magnets or stick tack.

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Example pocket chart for the Show What You Know About Materials, Objects and Fasteners activity (©2022 Let’s Talk Science).
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Technology

Alternatively, use this Google jamboard to facilitate the consolidation activity.

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Google jamboard version of the activity (©2022 Let’s Talk Science).

 

Background Information for Teachers

The Importance of Materials, Objects and Fasteners

Materials, fasteners and Objects hold an integral role in our everyday lives. Objects would not exist without materials. Objects would also fall apart without fasteners to hold them together. These things are all closely linked together to make up the majority of the things that surround us.

Assortment of school supplies
Assortment of school supplies (Let’s Talk Science using an image by luplupme via iStockphoto).
Image - Text Version

Shown is a colour illustration of a backpack and a collection of school supplies.

In the background are a green backpack and a black and red workbook. In the foreground is a ruler, a pencil, scissors, a package of markers, glue and tape.

Learning about materials, fasteners and objects allows students to develop a better understanding of the world around them. Many jobs require people to design, build and use all of these things. By becoming familiar with the world around them students become more confident.

Additional Resources

Reproducibles

Books

Snap, Button, Zip: Inventions to Keep Your Clothes on
by Vicki Cobb
Presents a simple historical background on the things that fasten our clothes, such as elastic, zippers, buttons, and sticky tapes.
ISBN: 9780064461061

Cover of Snap, Button, Zip: Inventions to Keep Your Clothes On by Vicki Cobb
Cover of Snap, Button, Zip: Inventions to Keep Your Clothes On by Vicki Cobb (Source: OpenLibrary).

Videos

Materials And Their Properties (2020)
This YouTube video (3:38 min.) is about materials and their properties.

Materials Song (2012)
This YouTube video (2:26 min.) has a catchy song to help students remember the properties of common materials.

Reproducibles and Media

Reproducibles

Books

Snap, Button, Zip: Inventions to Keep Your Clothes on
by Vicki Cobb
Presents a simple historical background on the things that fasten our clothes, such as elastic, zippers, buttons, and sticky tapes.
ISBN: 9780064461061

Cover of Snap, Button, Zip: Inventions to Keep Your Clothes On by Vicki Cobb
Cover of Snap, Button, Zip: Inventions to Keep Your Clothes On by Vicki Cobb (Source: OpenLibrary).

Videos

Materials And Their Properties (2020)
This YouTube video (3:38 min.) is about materials and their properties.

Materials Song (2012)
This YouTube video (2:26 min.) has a catchy song to help students remember the properties of common materials.

Science

  • It is highly recommended that students conduct the lesson Which Fastener is Best in addition to participating in this lesson.
  • Students could bring in additional objects from home to sort.

Mathematical Thinking

  • Students could further organize objects or fasteners by new criteria.
  • Students could create concrete object graphs of the sorting results at Centre 2.

Music

  • Students could create a song or a rap about the differences between materials, fasteners and objects.
  • Students could design a musical instrument that uses objects, materials and fasteners.

Extensions

Science

  • It is highly recommended that students conduct the lesson Which Fastener is Best in addition to participating in this lesson.
  • Students could bring in additional objects from home to sort.

Mathematical Thinking

  • Students could further organize objects or fasteners by new criteria.
  • Students could create concrete object graphs of the sorting results at Centre 2.

Music

  • Students could create a song or a rap about the differences between materials, fasteners and objects.
  • Students could design a musical instrument that uses objects, materials and fasteners.

"Uncovering Clever" Feature: Who Invented VELCRO Brand Fasteners?
This video (0:59) from Velcro® discusses the invention and development of Velcro® brand fasteners.

Learn More

"Uncovering Clever" Feature: Who Invented VELCRO Brand Fasteners?
This video (0:59) from Velcro® discusses the invention and development of Velcro® brand fasteners.

Reproducibles

Books

Snap, Button, Zip: Inventions to Keep Your Clothes on
by Vicki Cobb
Presents a simple historical background on the things that fasten our clothes, such as elastic, zippers, buttons, and sticky tapes.
ISBN: 9780064461061

Cover of Snap, Button, Zip: Inventions to Keep Your Clothes On by Vicki Cobb
Cover of Snap, Button, Zip: Inventions to Keep Your Clothes On by Vicki Cobb (Source: OpenLibrary).

Videos

Materials And Their Properties (2020)
This YouTube video (3:38 min.) is about materials and their properties.

Materials Song (2012)
This YouTube video (2:26 min.) has a catchy song to help students remember the properties of common materials.

Reproducibles and Media

Reproducibles

Books

Snap, Button, Zip: Inventions to Keep Your Clothes on
by Vicki Cobb
Presents a simple historical background on the things that fasten our clothes, such as elastic, zippers, buttons, and sticky tapes.
ISBN: 9780064461061

Cover of Snap, Button, Zip: Inventions to Keep Your Clothes On by Vicki Cobb
Cover of Snap, Button, Zip: Inventions to Keep Your Clothes On by Vicki Cobb (Source: OpenLibrary).

Videos

Materials And Their Properties (2020)
This YouTube video (3:38 min.) is about materials and their properties.

Materials Song (2012)
This YouTube video (2:26 min.) has a catchy song to help students remember the properties of common materials.

Science

  • It is highly recommended that students conduct the lesson Which Fastener is Best in addition to participating in this lesson.
  • Students could bring in additional objects from home to sort.

Mathematical Thinking

  • Students could further organize objects or fasteners by new criteria.
  • Students could create concrete object graphs of the sorting results at Centre 2.

Music

  • Students could create a song or a rap about the differences between materials, fasteners and objects.
  • Students could design a musical instrument that uses objects, materials and fasteners.

Extensions

Science

  • It is highly recommended that students conduct the lesson Which Fastener is Best in addition to participating in this lesson.
  • Students could bring in additional objects from home to sort.

Mathematical Thinking

  • Students could further organize objects or fasteners by new criteria.
  • Students could create concrete object graphs of the sorting results at Centre 2.

Music

  • Students could create a song or a rap about the differences between materials, fasteners and objects.
  • Students could design a musical instrument that uses objects, materials and fasteners.

"Uncovering Clever" Feature: Who Invented VELCRO Brand Fasteners?
This video (0:59) from Velcro® discusses the invention and development of Velcro® brand fasteners.

Learn More

"Uncovering Clever" Feature: Who Invented VELCRO Brand Fasteners?
This video (0:59) from Velcro® discusses the invention and development of Velcro® brand fasteners.