Wool — taking a closer look

The wool fibre has a number of structural features that give wool its unique properties as a fibre and textile.  

The focus of this lesson is to spark students’ interest, stimulate their curiosity, raise questions for inquiry and gain an understanding of their existing beliefs about wool. These existing ideas can then be taken account of in future lessons.

During this lesson students will have the opportunity to:

  • explore and make shared observations about the wool fibre
  • gain an appreciation of how the physical properties of the wool fibre contribute to the final properties of the woollen product.

Links to the Australian Curriculum:

  • Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (ACSSU003)
  • Science involves exploring and observing the world using the senses (ACSHE013)
  • Respond to questions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS014)
  • Explore and make observations by using the senses (ACSIS011)
  • Share observations and ideas (ACSIS012)
  • Engage in discussions about observations and use methods such as drawing to represent ideas (ACSIS233)