Properties of Materials Year 3 2


Properties of Materials Yr3, originally uploaded by LindaH.

This properties of materials classroom display was done as a small group sorting and vocabulary activity for an able group with lots of discussion.
The property labels are printed off and laminated. The group are split and each half are given a box of identical items, a different assortment of labels and are asked to use the labels to sort them.
The two groups then come together and have to agree which labels are most descriptive of the properties of the materials each item is made from. There’s lots of discussion and an experienced TA can help them make sure they back up their arguments.
Once labels are agreed the items are put on the display with their labels. Just don’t ask how I reached up!
You must use lots of sticky putty or even better velcro sticky pads or they’ll fall off! I have also put stuff in plastic envelopes and pinned them up with drawing pins which I think worked slightly better.

I’ve blogged this display in response to a request in the Skribit box in the sidebar of the blog. Look out for more displays suggested by readers over the next few weeks and don’t forget to add own suggestions or vote for the ones you’d like to see.


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Hi, I enjoy helping teachers to make their classrooms into interesting visual learning environments. I write most of this site and I also run the Classroom Displays online course which you can find out more about in the sidebar.


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2 thoughts on “Properties of Materials Year 3

  • lalitha

    Hi Linda,

    I and my son were looking for some ideas for English projects , this site is very useful, Hats off to your creative ideas, as i am a trainer in faculty development and i handle creative teaching techniques i am inspired by your innovative ways of displaying talent boards and there is learning in every chart. I feel some concepts can be given to students as group assignments which ll enable them too learn better. I would like to know more on classroom Display course .

    Lalitha, INDIA
    Science Teacher

    • Linda Hartley Post author

      Hi Lalitha, Thanks for your kind words, you can find out more about the course here: http://classroomdisplays.org.uk/training/. I’ve worked with Indian teachers on the course before and I think they enjoyed it. I know I enjoyed working with them! The next course will start in late October. Let me know if you’d like a place.
      Linda