Science Shorts: Stretched to the Limit

by: Barbara Adams

Children need to explore as many different materials as possible in order to make sense of their world. Understanding how materials behave in their natural state and under certain conditions will help them understand why objects are made of specific materials. In the following lesson, students compare the elasticity of various materials by stretching the materials and measuring the new length. By paying attention to how items react to stress, children build a foundation for more complex topics of molecular properties of matter and structural design.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 1/1/2008Stock # sc08_045_05_56Volume 045Issue 05

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