How Materials Behave

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Written as part of a book designed to improve and expand teachers’ knowledge of chemistry concepts in primary science, this resource contains background information about materials and their properties. It provides information about the structure of an atom, chemical elements and how chemical elements react to form chemical compounds and includes a related challenge.

It is divided into three levels of difficulty A, B and C which correspond to a teachers’ existing knowledge:

Level A- assumes no science knowledge and is concerned with basic principles.

Level B- contains more complex ideas and is aimed at those with some background in science.

Level C- contains ideas to challenge all teachers.

This resource could be used by Initial Teacher Educators and science co-ordinators running training sessions to increase teacher subject knowledge it is also useful for individual teachers and may even help to answer some of the more difficult questions children may ask on the topic.

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