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.
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!