HOUSE is the first in a series, "Where, Why, & How: a Child's
Guide to the Origins of Everyday Stuff", developed for grades 4
to 6. The series is intended to help children understand the links between
raw materials and items in their daily lives.
HOUSE is told from the tree's perspective as it grows
in the woods, travels to the mill and job site, and becomes part of
a new house. Story ends with seedlings being planted to replace those
harvested. Lively pace with age-appropriate humor, enjoyable. Produced
by Pyramid Film & Video Company, Santa Monica, CA.
this will be a demonstration of the strength of wood in bending. A sample
of wood will be loaded by suspending a bucket from it and then rocks
of known weight will be put in the bucket until the stick of wood breaks.
Participants will be challenged to guess the weight at which the stick
will break. There will also be a demonstration of our mechanical testing
machines and a description of how the strength of wood in the houses
we live in are determined.
You Look at That!
this will be a demonstration of how a light microscope works. We will
look at and discuss magnified images of termites, leaves, and wood composites.
a WOOD Sandwich
this is how plywood is made from thin wood pieces that are glued together.
The idea will be compared to making a toasted cheese sandwich where
the bread is the wood veneer, the cheese is the glue, and heat is applied
to melt the cheese and hold the sandwich together. Several students
will participate in making the plywood.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. This will be a presentation on reuse and recycling
of wood products, specifically wood pallets and containers; we will
show how wood products are recycled and what products are eventually
made from the recycled wood materials
We will explain how termites live in and eat wood, how to prevent them
from attacking and destroying wood, and then explain how we can race
termites. We will race termites down a track and guess who will win.
can do CHEMISTRY with wood
We will do an experiment that shows how to find the colors hidden in
an active discussion, questions and answers, about the many ways we
use wood in our lives everyday; where the wood comes from and reforestation
activities; we will also talk about the different types of wood and
some of their features
All students will get wet up to their elbows making their own sheet
of paper from wood fibers.
We will show the trick for telling the difference between white and
red oak; each person will be given a piece of oak and some soap bubbles
to dip the end into, then we will have a contest to see who can blow
the largest bubble stream with their wood piece.
Each student will participate with us in planting tree seeds as a
remembrance of their visit to the Wood Magic Show at Virginia Tech
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