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In this Boy Scout woodwork merit badge activity, students complete 4 pages of short answer questions that include a list of the first aid that would be needed for woodworking injuries. They write about safety procedures, how to tell if wood is ready to be worked with, and identify different types of wood.
Students compare and contrast tools used in colonial America to modern ones. They create a bootjack, coat rack, or candleholder based on actually using the tools. The students also compose a description of a colonial woodworker based upon the experience.
In this woodworking tools worksheet, students locate the names of woodworking tools and related items. A list of 43 words is provided for identification. An answer key is provided.
In this woodworking terms worksheet, students locate names of tools used with wood. A list of 15 items is provided for identification. An answer key is available.
What inspires furniture designers? As learners of all ages view examples of woodworking used in French and American furniture, they discuss woodworkers' techniques and inspirations. They identify techniques such as veneering and marquetry that were used to decorate furniture. Then, they design a floral motif in one of the styles represented and decorate a piece of furniture. This activity would work best for upper elementary schoolers and higher, although you could modify the material for youngsters. 
Middle schoolers become familiar with the tools and measurements used in a woodworking project.  In this woodwork tools and equipment instructional activity, students recognize the importance of safe practices while working with wood and the tools used.  Middle schoolers answer the questions related to woodworking.
Students discover how artists abstract plants and flowers into two-dimensional designs, explore techniques used by woodworkers to translate designs into furniture decoration, and abstract natural form and develop design to decorate piece of furniture.
Eighth graders design and construct a safe and efficient human powered watercraft that can be used on a trip on the Great Lakes. Students utilize math and measurement skills to design and cut the pieces for their boat. Working in groups, their boat is assembled and water tested.
In this woodworking activity, students find the words that are related to the concept of using a lathe and acquiring new vocabulary.
Students explore uses of hardwood veneer and the manufacturing process. They view veneer samples and work in groups to answer questions about the process of making veneer. After touring the school to create a list of products made with wood veneer, they return to the class and share their lists.
Highly ornate or complex art can only be mastered with patience and skill. Learners explore the skills required to carve complex geometric designs seen on the image of a palace facade. They examine the image, discuss carving techniques, and then carve complex geometric shapes into a zucchini. Food never looked so good!
Explore the development of wood art. In this art history instructional activity, students study the art work of Gary Stevens. They describe, analyze, and derive meaning from the art they see. They then write a theory about the artist's purpose for the work of art and support their answer with reasonable personal opinions.
Ninth and tenth graders calculate the length, width, height, perimeter, area, volume, surface area, angle measures or sums of angle measures of common geometric figures. They solve problems involving scale drawings, models, maps or blueprints, as well as solve problems using indirect measurement by choosing appropriate technology instruments, and/or formulas.
High schoolers use a six-step problem solving method to design a box/container. They are given the criteria for evaluation when presented with the problem. Students keep a notebook on processes, procedures, material, cost, design, machines, safety, and other information related to the activity. Student work is displayed throughout the building for viewing by high schoolers, teachers, and administrators.
What a great activity for students. This 4-H activity sheet has students organize their bedroom, and make clothing, focusing on line and design.
In this 4-H activity instructional activity, students will select their favorite activities and projects from a menu of choices. Then they will work with their 4-H leaders and parents to create a project plan for the year. The activities include sewing and craft projects.
Learners examine artist-made furniture as a union of art and design through the work of Garry Knox Bennett.  In this SPARKed instructional activity, students discuss craft versus manufacturing of furniture and view a SPARK episode on a featured artist.  Learners write a description of one example of Garry Knox Bennett's work which includes a personal response. 
What an outstanding vocabulary and word study worksheet! Learners explore the word roots, prefixes, and suffixes as they complete four fill in the blank questions, and complete the challenge question at the bottom of the sheet.
Fourth graders view examples of help-wanted ads as they plan and create their own writing in the fourteenth lesson plan of this unit on colonial trade. The engagement of the class is captured when the teacher shares an actual help-wanted ad for an apprentice printed during colonial times. Learners then analyze a piece of included sample writing as they form a clear understanding of the expectations for their work. Next, young scholars plan their writing using previous research and a graphic organizer before finally writing their own help-wanted ad. A lesson plan that engages and supports young scholars as they pull together all the research and work they have done in this unit to create a piece of original writing.
What if I said that you can build a homemade speaker out of a potato chip? Bestselling author and do-it-yourself expert William Gurstelle shows you how in his brief presentation at TEDYouth 2012. He encourages young people to be creative and explore science through invention. View the video and make audio speakers with your class as part of a lesson on sound. Consider browsing through Mr. Gurstelle's books for other exciting project ideas suitable for your classroom.

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