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Common misconceptions about materials and their properties

Over the next few steps we will examine 3 typical misconceptions children may have about materials and their properties. These are:

  1. Materials are only used for making clothing
  2. A hard material is very strong
  3. All metals are magnetic

Reflect

Choose one of the misconceptions above and consider why children may have that idea.

Does the children’s understanding of key vocabulary lead to these misconceptions?

Put your thoughts in the comments below, stating the misconception you chose.

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Teaching Primary Science: Chemistry

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