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Woolly Experiments Educational Activity Kit

Woolly Experiments Educational Activity Kit

How can you tell if a fibre is natural or made by humans? Can you tell if a fibre is wool, cotton or polyester? Students will have an opportunity to answer these questions by using their senses and conducting interesting experiments. In the barn, they will meet animals that are raised for the fibres they produce, and will discover the animals’ needs, life cycles, and products. They will then conduct experiments comparing the properties of various fibres. Before they leave, students will study the effects of water, soap and friction on wool in a craft project they can take home.

Through activities, games, experiments, and worksheets, students will be engaged as they:

  • discover the characteristics and needs of sheep, goats and alpacas
  • recognize physical and behavioural changes in sheep throughout their life cycle
  • understand that sheep, goats and alpacas can provide us with milk, meat, by-products and fibres
  • distinguish between natural fibres and those made by humans
  • recognize the properties of various fibres
  • learn how fibres, as material, can be made into objects

This educational activity kit links to curriculum requirements for science and technology and mathematics.

For additional education, bring your students to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum to participate in the associated Woolly Experiments school program.

Curriculum Links:

Grade 1 Science and Technology — Understanding Life Systems Primary Cycle 1 Science and Technology — To explore the world of science and technology
Understanding Structures and Mechanisms
Grade 2 Science and Technology — Understanding Life Systems


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