Paper and paper products play an
important part in the world around us. Because paper makers have
always been challenged by fiber shortages, scientists continue
to search for more practical and economical sources of fibers.
This is a good lesson to explore the technology of papermaking
while also providing hands-on work, a related practical research
problem, and other enrichment activities related to papermaking.
video of student making paper
In this activity, students will become aware of many ways in
which paper is used in our world today. While using a journal or
prepared student data sheet, they have an opportunity to measure,
collect, and compare data, and solve a fiber quality or quantity
problem that compares different sources of fiber. They will learn
about the technology of papermaking by creating paper or paper
products in the classroom from one or more different kinds of fiber
sources. Enrichment activities are also provided so that students
may practice brainstorming, hypothesizing, trial and error, and
hands-on creative work to improve their paper creations.