Isn’t aluminum a miraculous metal? Elementary textbooks would agree! According to the book, cans, window and bike frames, and cookware just wouldn’t be the same were it not for our friend, aluminum. Inspiring stuff, I know! But this is nothing compared to my students’ extensive background knowledge of the immensely popular Aluminum Hat! “My uncle has aluminum! You make hats out of it!”
Sooo, YOU don’t have aluminum foil at your house, where kids and babies are happening, but your uncle keeps it on-hand as a hat-making staple. It’s not weird—it’s just a relationship with foil that I had not previously considered.
What I have considered is the fact that I should never keep foil on hand in my classroom. Why? Two words: potential projectiles. Two more words: mutant spitballs.
Now, when I think of an aluminum hat, I think of this gentleman:
Uncle Phil, sharing his wisdom with the next generation.