Text Forest Learning: Value-adding to wood

TLF ID M016067

This is a resource about value-adding in the forest and wood products industry. Intended for use as one or two lessons for years 7 to 10 students, the resource consists of information about grading and processing logs; the use of wood and timber products in building construction; the value of Australian softwood plantations and the native forest hardwood industries; the emerging market for nanocrystalline cellulose; and the international value chain for paper and paper products. The resource also includes six questions for students, with answers provided, and an example of the value-adding chain for white cypress square posts.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable teacher and student resource for the design and technologies and the economics and business curriculum areas. It is particularly useful for content descriptions in the design and technologies Knowledge and Understanding strand in years 7 and 8 as it addresses three of the four prescribed technologies contexts. The section on emerging markets for nanocrystalline cellulose is of value for the engineering principles and systems context; the section on paper and paper products supports the food and fibre production context; and the wood and timber value chain is relevant to the materials and technologies specialisations context.
  • The resource is also of value for year 9 economics and business. It could form part of an in-depth study about the Australian forest and wood industry and its place in the national and global economy. The information provided in the resource as a whole and in the white cypress posts example in particular is useful in developing student understanding of the economic concept of a value-adding chain.
Year level

7; 8; 9

Learning area
  • Economics and business
  • Design and technologies
  • Design

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Forest and Wood Products Australia Ltd (FWPA)
  • Organization: Forest and Wood Products Australia Ltd (FWPA)
  • URL: http://www.forestlearning.edu.au
  • Publisher
  • Name: Forest Learning
  • Organization: Forest Learning
  • Description: Publisher
  • URL: http://www.forestlearning.edu.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Text
  • Image
  • © 2011 Forest and Wood Products Australia Ltd (FWPA). Provided all acknowledgements are retained, this material may be used, reproduced and communicated free of charge for non-commercial educational purposes within Australia and in overseas schools where the Australian curriculum is taught.