There are many different materials on Earth that can be utilized in a variety of ways. In this insightful volume, readers will learn about the basic properties of several types of materials, from wood to plastic. The accessible and concise text encourages readers' curiosity and deepens their knowledge of this basic science curriculum topic. In addition, eye-catching fact boxes, engaging sidebars, a detailed glossary, and vibrant, full-color photographs enhance this learning experience about the properties of various materials. Readers learn how this science concept can be applied in many aspects of everyday life.