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Material Definition

Material is any solid, liquid, or gas. For example, objects are materials.

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Classification of Materials

Fun Facts

  • Materials have properties like color, texture, hardness, and flexibility.
  • You can classify, or sort, materials like Halloween candy and coins.
  • Knowing properties of materials is important when you make things.

Why Do We Need To Know About Material

Learning about what things are made of helps us know why toys, buildings, and tools are made the way they are. Knowing the right material to use is very important so that these things work well and last a long time. This is useful for many jobs, like designing homes and building things.

For example, knowing about different colors can help someone make a house look better. Understanding how hard a material is can be important for building strong buildings and making good tools. Learning about materials is important for making all kinds of things we use every day.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some different properties by which you could classify material?
Some properties you can classify materials by include color, texture or hardness.
What are some different ways you can classify your clothes?
You can classify your clothes by color, patterns or texture.
What are some different textures that you can classify materials by?
You can classify materials by the textures of smooth or rough.
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