|Wood and Paper Overview
WOOD AND PAPER
The modern world is a wonderland of different materials for early-childhood
students. Two of those materials are wood and the paper
that is derived from it. Scores of different kinds of wood and paper
fill students’ environment. In the Wood and Paper Module students
are introduced to a wide variety of woods and papers in a systematic
way. They observe the properties of these materials and discover
what happens when they subject them to a number of tests and
interactions with other materials. Students learn that wood and paper
can be recycled to create new forms of paper or wood that have new
properties. Finally, they use what they know about the properties
of these marvelous materials as they change wood and paper into a
variety of products. Throughout the module, students have many
opportunities to make comparisons between different kinds of wood,
different types of paper, and wood and paper. The concept of trees
as natural resources is Introduced, and students become aware of the
need to conserve and reuse natural resources.
FOSS EXPECTS STUDENTS TO
• Develop a growing curiosity and interest in the physical
world around them.
• Observe and describe the properties of different kinds of
wood and paper and of common objects, such as cloth/
• Compare different kinds of wood and paper using senses to
discover how they are alike and how they are different.
• Observe interactions of wood and paper with water and
other substances; observe different states of water.
• Become aware of natural resources in our world.
• Acquire the vocabulary associated with the properties of
materials and the positions of objects relative to each other.
• Describe properties of objects, compare them, and sort them
by one physical attribute.
• Communicate observations and comparisons orally and
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