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Book 33: Working with Metals: The Origins and Applications of Common Metals

Levels: 3-4
Contextual strands: Material world icon. Material world


Children can easily observe some of the properties that make metals so useful. What may be less obvious to them is how the properties of specific metals relate to their uses or where metals come from.

This book gives children opportunities to investigate the physical and chemical properties that combine in various metals, the origins of metals, and how people modify metals to suit their own purposes. It develops the concepts introduced in the level 1 and 2 companion book, Introducing Metals (Book 32).

Concept overview

Use the concept overview, which is also on the inside front cover of the book, as a reference for the concepts that relate to Working with Metals: The Origins and Applications of Common Metals.

PDF icon. Read the concept overview (PDF 65 KB)

Links with other titles in the series

The companion to this book is:

This book and Introducing Metals have strong links with:

  • Book 13: Aluminium (L3–4, Material World, Planet Earth and Beyond)
    the metal's extraction, properties, and uses

It also has links with various other books in this series:

Assessment resources

Visit the 'Building Science Concept' page on the Assessment Resource Banks (ARB) website to find ARB resources that assess the 'big idea' learning outcomes referred to in the concept overview for this title.