Thursday, August 23, 2018

Explanation Writing: making Beeswax Wraps

Today we have been learning about our impact on the planet. We talked about different ways we can make changes for the benefit of our environment. We discussed the ridiculous amounts of plastic our groceries are wrapped in, and how we can make small but effective changes. At morning tea time we collected all the plastic that our lunches came with. The photo is JUST from morning tea!
Not the healthiest looking food either 😨



We then wrote an explanation piece about making beeswax wraps.
We are learning to follow the structure of this writing, and to add information and topic specific words.

Here is our collaborative writing.

Planning ideas

Cut fabric to the size we want.
Get a cheese grater and beeswax.
Grate the wax on top of the fabric.
Place baking paper on top.
Iron.
Wait for it to cool and dry.

Beeswax wraps can be used to wrap your food instead of plastic.
Here is one of the many ways you can make your own wraps.
First you need to cut some cotton fabric to the size you want.
For different uses you might like to try different shapes and sizes. For example, you could cut fabric to the size of your favourite bowl.
Using the cheese grater, carefully grate the wax on to the fabric. Give the fabric an even coating of wax sprinkles because it is important to have a consistent layer so your food stays fresh.
Completely cover the fabric with baking paper. Gently rub the iron over the baking paper to melt the wax. The hot wax will melt in to the fabric creating a sticky air-tight wrap. Remove the baking paper and allow the wrap to cool down. This will take around 3 minutes.
Once it has cooled, your wrap is ready to use. Goodbye to single-use plastic wraps!

6 comments:

  1. kia ora my name is Emma and we have been doing sustainability to. You have down great work. I think you should add people picking it up great work

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  2. Hey there I am Nirvana from South Hornby School.
    I like your work and how you talked to us about how we can make your own beeswax warps.
    I like how you have talked about how the foods you have are unhealthy.
    Maybe next time you could make your writing a little smaller.
    Bye

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  3. Hello
    I am Sandra from South Hornby School. We have been doing sustainability not long ago. I love what you did and that is alot of plastic from mornig tea. Maybe next time you could show a picture of what the beeswax wraps look like. I would love if you commented on my Blog.
    blog.https://shssandraa.blogspot.com/
    -Sandra

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  4. Hello
    I am Emma from south horny school. We have been doing sustainability not long ago. I love what you did and that's is alot plastic from morning tea maybe next time you could show a picture of what the beeswax wraps look like. L would love if you comment on my blog
    https://shsemmas.blogspot.com/
    -Emma

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  5. Hello
    I am Karl from PCS
    And I love this writing and like emma I would
    Love a picsure of the result Ill sure
    To Try this later
    I would love if you comment on my blog
    http://pcskarls.blogspot.co.nz/

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  6. Kia ora,
    It is great to see you looking at ways you can reduce the amount of plastic you use, especially in your lunchboxes. I was at Paihia School this week and they were making beeswax wraps. They were (with an adult) melting the wax in an electric frypan and then dipping their fabric in it. It cooled REALLY quick and I loved the smell of it. Have you made beeswax wraps to? I would like to try making some and using them too.
    Tania

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