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Book 13: Aluminium: Extracting and Using the Metal

Levels: 3-4
Contextual strands: Material world icon. Material world , Planet Earth and beyond icon. Planet Earth and beyond


Although they may not realise it, most New Zealand children come into frequent contact with aluminium. They often make use of products containing aluminium metal, and aluminium compounds are often present in produce such as vegetables and manufactured items such as medicines. The ready availability of aluminium in its metallic form makes a good starting point for teaching about its properties as a metal and the science involved in its extraction and production. An additional point of relevance for New Zealand children is that aluminium is produced at the Tiwai Point smelter, near Bluff, one of the largest in the world.

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 Aluminum: Extracting and Using the Metal.

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Links with other titles in the series

Book 33: Working with Metals (L3-4, Material World)

Assessment resources

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