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Knock on Wood: A Kindergarten Science Lesson

written by: Patricia Gable • edited by: Tricia Goss • updated: 5/17/2016

In this lesson, students use their five senses to observe the properties of wood using the basics of STEM curriculum. Opportunities will be provided for critical thinking and creativity. Students will practice communicating by sharing ideas, theories and discoveries.

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    Wood Kindergarten Lesson 


    Observe common objects using multiple senses.


    Identify the following observable properties of objects using the senses, shape, texture, size, color

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    • Gather items made from different types of materials cloth, plastic, wood, metal and glass as examples.
    • Also, gather different wooden items picture frame, rolling pin, spoon, hanger, box, pencil, and so on.
    • Paper bags in which to place items to guess the material (add things like a wooden puzzle piece, a zip lock bag, a small plastic container or lid, a metal spoon, a glass object, etc.)
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    Prior Knowledge

    Practice with identifying and using the five senses seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling.

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    Say, “We know that all matter, everything around us, is made from some kind of material."

    Display some of the items you have gathered that are made of different materials. Then hold one item up and ask a student to tell the class what material it is. Do this two or three times with different items. Then use the bags you have prepared and ask a few students to take turns reaching into the bag to guess the material from which the item is made. Can the student describe how they know the answer?

    Say, “Today we are going to talk about things made from wood. Where do we find or acquire wood? (trees) Wood is a very useful material. Can you think of things that are made with wood? (pencils, houses, clocks, toys, instruments, furniture, boats, etc.)

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    Instruct students to find something in the classroom that is made from wood. Bring the item to the circle to discuss it. When everyone is ready, ask each child to use three words to describe what item they have. Use words that can describe

    • Color
    • Shape
    • Texture
    • Size

    If the students are hesitant you may draw out some descriptive words by asking questions

    • Is it soft? Sticky? Shiny?
    • Is it heavy? Thick? Smooth?
    • Can you bend it? Is it stretchy?
    • Is it hard? Squashy? Cold?

    Then ask each student to find a partner that has an item that has one thing in common with his item. Maybe the color or shape is the same. Maybe they are both smooth. Maybe the items are used for the same thing.

    Not only will the students become more observant but they will also get practice communicating their discoveries.

    Want even more ideas? Check out Let’s Learn About Wood! A Science Lesson Plan for Kindergarten on Bright Hub.


  • Llewellyn, Claire. Wood. Franklin Watts, 2002.
  • Ditchfield, Christin. Wood A True Book. Children’s Press, 2002.