FOSS Module Summary

Course Summary – Wood and Paper (CA Ed.)


The modern world is a wonderland of different materials for early childhood students. Two of those materials are wood and the paper that is derived from it. Scores of different kinds of wood and paper fill students' environment. In the Wood and Paper Module students are introduced to a wide variety of woods and papers in a systematic way. They observe the properties of these materials and discover what happens when they subject them to a number of tests and interactions with other materials. Students learn that wood and paper can be recycled to create new forms of paper or wood that have new properties. Finally, they use what they know about the properties of these marvelous materials as they change wood and paper into a variety of products. Throughout the module, students have many opportunities to make comparisons between different kinds of wood, different types of paper, and wood and paper. The concept of trees as natural resources is introduced, and students become aware of the need to conserve and reuse natural resources.


  • Develop a growing curiosity and interest in the physical world around them.
  • Observe and describe the properties of different kinds of wood and paper and of common objects, such as cloth/fabric.
  • Compare different kinds of wood and paper using senses to discover how they are alike and how they are different.
  • Observe interactions of wood and paper with water and other substances; observe different states of water.
  • Become aware of natural resources in our world.
  • Acquire the vocabulary associated with the properties of materials and the positions of objects relative to each other.
  • Describe properties of objects, compare them, and sort them by one physical attribute.
  • Communicate observations and comparisons orally and through drawings.

For a description of each investigation in the Wood and Paper Module and the correlations to the National Science Education Standards, download the Module Overview PDF.

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