Reflection: Rigor What's the Matter with Wood and Paper? - Section 1: Elicit


I didn't know what to expect from my kids when I asked them to name things that come from trees. They mentioned many more items than I expected that are strictly wood and paper. I found it surprising that they had as many ideas as they did. We discussed many scientific ideas that clearly explained how their ideas come from trees. 

For this lesson I had the kids share their experiences with matter. They all had unique stories of how their ideas came from trees. We discussed in more detail how their ideas work with matter.  

The kids learned a lot once we discussed in detail how their ideas came about. They were able to apply their experiences with examples and make more connections of how it all worked together. The kids made much more detailed connections of how and what things come from trees. 

  Sharing observations about wood
  Rigor: Sharing observations about wood
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What's the Matter with Wood and Paper?

Unit 5: What WOOD you do?
Lesson 3 of 7

Objective: SWBAT determine the properties of wood and paper by using their senses and getting each wet.

Big Idea: It is important to help kids understand that while many objects come from the same source, such as a tree, each object may have its own properties.

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