Teaching Through Trade Books: How It’s Madeby: Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan

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Your students are most likely not knowledgeable about the raw materials, the design processes, and the technology involved in manufacturing the products they use everyday. Making connections with local manufacturers can connect students to the real science and engineering happening in their communities. Both of the lessons in this month’s column suggest inviting local engineers and other manufacturing professionals to share how they use science and technology to design and make products that solve human problems and enhance the quality of life.

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  • on Mon Sep 08, 2014 4:04 PM

This series of trade books explains how familiar items are made, what raw materials are needed, and the processes as well as the manufacture of everyday items such as including baseballs, toothpaste, and peanut butter. The 5E learning cycle lesson called “From Tree to Pencil” for K-2 children makes this article so valuable. Students are unfamiliar with engineering and manufacturing processes today so this activity gives them a start to understanding how things are made.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon Sep 03, 2012 12:46 PM

Students probably take a lot of the things they use in daily life for granted. Exploring how things are made gives them an appreciation for engineering. This is a nice quick article with two excellent lessons to go along with the trade books recommended. Several websites are also recommended in this article.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

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