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Metals Matter Interactive

Year Level(s) Years 7-10
Subject Area(s) Geography Science SOSE General Science Chemistry Earth & Environmental Science
Topic(s) Environment Geology / Mineral Formation Mining Rocks & Minerals

The Minerals Council of Australia is acknowledged as the provider of this resource.

In this learning object, students examine everyday things around a house to find out which metals they contain. For example, the inner part of a microwave oven contains aluminium, copper, iron and manganese. Students will also investigate the properties of each metal to explain why they are suited to particular uses, work out how much of each metal is needed to make a particular product and calculate supplies of resources needed to meet global demand. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

Educational value statement

  • Demonstrates that growing world demand for commodities is dependent on limited supplies of mineral resources.
  • Illustrates the composition of metallic and metalloid components within household commodities.
  • Emphasises that alloys and composite materials are commonly used in the manufacture of household commodities.
  • Links the periodic table to descriptions of the properties and uses of metals and metalloids.
  • Provides an interactive notebook to record and print facts about commodities, metals and metalloids.
  • Provides an interactive calculator and global map to work out relationships between world demand for commodities and supply of mineral resources.
  • Includes detailed information about recycling metals in Australia.
  • Includes a series of questions which could be used to create a worksheet.

Key learning objectives

  • Students identify metals commonly found in household objects.
  • Students relate demand for commodities to supply of mineral resources.
  • Students relate properties of metals and metalloids to their industrial applications.


  • Science/Natural and processed materials
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding

Australian Curriculum content statements (explicit)
Science: ACSSU152; ACSSU186; ACSIS174; ACSIS208

Australian Curriculum content statements (implicit or able to be connected)
Science: ACSSU187; ACSIS148; ACSHE226

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