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Materials and Tools

Unit Plan

Materials and Tools

Objectives

In this unit, students will gain understanding of the importance of different materials and tools we use. Students will:

·         identify natural resources that we use.

·         compare products that are made from natural resources.

·         differentiate between renewable and nonrenewable resources.

·         develop methods by which humans can conserve natural resources.

·         identify building materials and tools.

·         identify basic resources needed to produce a manufactured item.

·         differentiate between tools that help humans do work efficiently.

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Formative Assessment

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    Multiple-Choice Items:

    1. What is a natural resource?

    A

    Man-made resource

    B

    Material found in nature

    C

    A resource people don’t need

    D

    Something found only in the ocean

    2. Which is a good way to conserve a natural resource?

    A

      Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth.

    B

      Cut down all the trees in a forest.

    C

      Drive cars instead of walking.

    D

      Wear sunscreen while outside.

    3. Which item is a resource that people need in order to survive?

    A

    Car

    B

    Water

    C

    Computers

    D

    New tools

    4. Which tool is not used for writing?

    A

    pencil

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    B

    pen


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    C

    measuring cup


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    D

    marker

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    5. How are these tools used?

    Spoon

    _____________________________________________________________

     

     

    Hammer

    _____________________________________________________________

     

    Multiple-Choice Answer Key:

    1. B

    2. A

    3. B

    4. C

    5. Spoon: Cooking, stirring  

    Hammer:
    Hitting, building

     

     

     

     


    Short-Answer Items:

     

    Name__________________________

    Look at the picture of a classroom. Search the room for a product that was made from a natural resource.

     

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    A product from a natural resource found in the room is ________________.

     

     

     

    I can help conserve a natural resource by ____________________________.

     


    Short-Answer Key and Scoring Rubric:

    Look at the picture of a classroom. Search the room for a product that was made from a natural resource.

    A product from a natural resource found in the room is ________________.

    I can help conserve a natural resource by ____________________________.

     

    Points

    Description

    2

    ·         The student identifies more than one product made from a natural resource. Possible answers could be desk, poster, or cabinet.

    ·         The student identifies more than one way to conserve natural resources. Possible answers could be reusing paper in the classroom or reducing the amount of supplies used.

    1

    ·         The student identifies one product.

                        or

    ·         The student identifies one way to conserve.

    0

    ·         The student is not able to identify a product.

    ·         The student is not able to identify a way to conserve.

     


    Performance Assessment:

    Read to students: “Draw a tool that might be used to build a house. Describe how you would use the tool.”

     

    Name__________________________________________

    A New Tool

     

    Tool name_________________________________

    Picture of my tool:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    My tool works by ______________________________________________.

     

    My tool is special because _______________________________________.

     

    To use my tool safely, I must _____________________________________.


    Performance Assessment Scoring Rubric:

    Read to students: “Draw a tool that might be used to build a house. Describe how you would use the tool.”

     

    Points

    Description

    5

    The student completes all five of the requirements:

    ·         The student names his/her tool.

    ·         The student draws a detailed picture of a tool.

    ·         The student describes how the tool works.

    ·         The student describes why this tool is special.

    ·         The student describes how to safely use the tool.

    4

    The student completes four of the requirements.

    3

    The student completes three of the requirements.

    2

    The student completes two of the requirements.

    1

    The student completes one of the requirements.

    0

    The student demonstrates lack of understanding or does not attempt to complete the assessment.

     

DRAFT 03/28/2011
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