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Book 48: Fabrics: Origins, Properties, and Uses

Levels: 1-4
Contextual strands: Material world icon. Material world


Although children are familiar with their everyday clothing and other woven or knitted items, they often pay little attention to the fabrics these are made from. Children may therefore have limited understanding about the origins, properties, and uses of fabrics and how fabrics are tested. This book provides rich opportunities for children to carry out scientific investigations into fabrics in order to clarify and expand their conceptions about them. The topic of fabrics integrates with the technology and social studies curricula.

Concept overview

Use the concept overview, which is also on the inside front cover of the book, as a reference for the concepts that relate to Fabrics: Origins, Properties, and Uses.

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Links with other titles in the series

Further information and activities related to fabrics can be found in Science Focus: Fibres and Fabrics on pages 101–108 of Making Better Sense of the Material World.

Assessment resources

Search the science section of the Assessment Resource Banks (ARB) website to find resources that assess the 'big idea' learning outcomes referred to in the concept overview for this title.