Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Productive Paper-Foolproof Forms - Section 4: Wrap Up

 

Reduce..Reuse..Recycle..we hear the terms all the time.  But what do, better yet, can they mean to our students?

The NGSS cross cutting concept of Structure and Function (“..depends on the shapes and relationships of certain key parts as well as on the properties of the materials from which they are made..”) takes the above concepts into full-blown action.  Just like the real world, we want to show our students the potential of these ideas..and provide them opportunities to play with them.  With this lesson, albeit in a very elementary form, we were able to clearly illustrate the idea that the structure of something can be changed to suit a different purpose. To deepen the experience, we observed the form and every step to better know the next direction..just like real engineers!  Best of all, we found that we can use something for one purpose, change it, and reuse for something related (or completely different..with Kindergarten, you can’t ever predict what can come out of their creative minds!).  Every day things (paper + water..how simple can you get?) can be transformed into a magical learning opportunity.  Sometimes, as teachers, all we have to do is stand back and let it happen. 

  Different Form = New Learning
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Different Form = New Learning
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Productive Paper-Foolproof Forms

Unit 12: Productive Paper
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: Students will explain how paper is made by exploring the process of recycling paper.

Big Idea: How is paper made?

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Science, Science Skills, ELL, Paper
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