Teaching overview

Learning points

  • The main ingredient in steel is iron, which is found in a type of rock called iron ore.
  • Iron ore is melted together with carbon to make steel.
  • A mixture that contains one or more metals is called an alloy.
  • Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon.

Curriculum keywords

  • Materials
  • States of Matter
  • Properties of Metals

Spark a discussion

  • Where is the metal iron found?
  • What is mixed with iron to make steel?
  • What is an alloy?

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