Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Funny Fabric-Fastidious Fabric - Section 3: Individual Instruction


How do we take one big idea like 'fabric' and break it down so students can understand?  Struggling with these complex ideas can be a challenge for a teacher to instruct let alone a student to learn, so it’s important to find hands on and visual ways to help translate concepts like these to our students.

Diagrams are a great way to help Kindergarteners to process these new ideas like this.  When we add in the element of a real life application, it becomes real to them and easier to organize and absorb.  In this lesson, we used a simple, tried and true process diagram to illustrate this concept.  While students this age do enjoy a hands on form they can touch, there are times when a visual, paper based example is just as effective.  The best part about this type of instruction is they leave with a concrete product, which makes it easy for them to explain it to others.  When they do this, it becomes an cemented part of their knowledge base.  This ensures both the material and process is accessible for future lessons. 

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Funny Fabric-Fastidious Fabric

Unit 13: Funny Fabric
Lesson 1 of 4

Objective: Students will create a diagram to illustrate the stages of cotton processing.

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