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Learning about Wood and Wood Products can be lots of fun! Check out the following Lessons and Activities, and discover the magic in wood for yourself!
  1. HOW A TREE GROWS
    Crown, Trunk, and Roots

    A brief discussion of three parts that every tree has, and how these parts grow.

  2. WOOD PARTS AND ANATOMY
    Taking a Look at Wood

    Explore the many features of wood that are visible to the unaided eye including growth rings, knots, bark, heartwood and sapwood.

    Taking a Closer Look at Wood
    Discover the importance of the less obvious features in wood, including phloem, cambium, rays, and xylem. Can't pronounce these words? Don't worry, by the time you reach the end of this lesson, you'll not only be able to pronounce them, you'll know why they are so important!

  3. WHAT'S THIS?
    Tree and Wood Identification

    This lesson will explain how to identify several different trees and their wood just by looking at them. There's a quiz at the end, so pay attention!

  4. WOOD PRODUCTS
    How Wood is Processed

    When we think about wood, we think about ... well ... wood. But, sometimes, wood is processed before things are made from it. This lesson explains how wood is processed to make four of the most common wood products; Boards, Paper, Plywood, and Particleboard. You even learn how to make your own paper!

  5. DAILY WOOD
    Everyday Uses of Wood in Your Home

    Similar to our Wood Magic Show Event, "Daily Wood", this lesson describes the many (and often surprising) ways that we use wood every day. There's even a scavenger hunt, so you can identify wood and wood related things in your own home!

  6. RENEWABLE NATURAL RESOURCES
    Why Wood & Wood Products are a Good Choice!

    What is a "Renewable Natural Resources," anyway? Find out in this lesson, and discover the many reasons they are so valuable to us. There is quiz at the end so you can see what you have learned.

  7. ROCK STARS
    Wood's Strength!

    What does it mean for wood to be strong? What makes wood strong? Answers to these questions, and a fun activity await you in this lesson.

  8. TREES ARE GREAT!
    Plant a Tree!

    This section includes Tree Planting Tips and Amazing Tree and Wood facts.

  9. Tommy Termite Treats
    The Good, the Bad, and the (yes) Ugly.

    Everything you ever wanted to know about these little insects, and a bunch of stuff you probably didn't. This lesson includes how to identify different species of termites, how to examine your home for them, and what to do if you find them! There is also a section on termite families (did you know there was a Termite Queen ??) and even a version of our ever-popular event "Tommy the Termite".

     


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Credits
The WMS Kids' Section Web site was developed, written and designed by:

Audrey Zink-Sharp
Elizabeth Sharp
Donna Jo Shaffer
Christina Pugh

Primary funding for this project comes from the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products at Virginia Tech and the Virginia Forest Products Association. Other Wood Magic Show sponsors and and donors are listed here.

A special thanks to the AT&T Research team for use of their TTS technology! Find out more about TTS at http://www.research.att.com/projects/tts/.