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Young scientists grab their measuring tapes, rulers, and yard sticks as they see how big Arctic animals really are. To conceptualize the trait of height or length, each small group will measure out the entire length of an arctic animal. They line animal pictures up to show how they compare from smallest to largest. It's a good activity that combines measurement, data collection, comparative analysis, and Arctic animals.
After viewing a short video about a climb up Mount Everest, high schoolers read about triangulation for measuring distant elevations. Have your class work in groups to construct an inclinometer and then use it to measure the height of three schoolyard trees. The video makes for a fascinating anticipatory set to practicing the triangulation technique.
Are economic and political leaders prioritizing what we need most? In the business world of facts, figures, and profits, Chip Conley makes a passionate call for inspired employees. Using Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs and Bhutan's modern method of governance as a guide, Conley encourages his audience and leaders to value the intangible, measure gross national happiness, and create conditions for employees to live their calling.
Kindergartners measure the lengths of common classroom objects. They use standard and non-standard measures. The little ones should love this lesson because they get to use tape measures, rulers, yardsticks, scales, clocks, calendars, and thermometers. After listening to the book Twelve Snails to One Lizard, youngsters get into groups and practice using their tools of measurement. The lesson will require quite a bit of parental, teacher, or big buddy help in order for it to be a success.
A terrific lesson focused on the design process. It begins with a presentation, "Design: Solve a Problem," which lists the steps of the process and then introduces the specific challenge: to build a device that measures wind speed. Cooperative groups come up with several suggested methods that meet the specific criteria. They choose one possibility and test it. Teacher tips, student worksheets, an answer key, and the PowerPoint are all provided
A little engineering design is mixed into this lesson on precipitation measurement. Groups plan and construct a rain gauge, and use it to collect precipitation. As part of the PowerPoint presentation, learners view a satellite map of worldwide rainfall and learn about the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission. Groups critique their designs and then view a short video about why meteorologists evaluate rainfall. This is a fresh addition to a unit on water or weather.
An all-encompassing package provides video clips that demonstrate real-world activities that have to do with angles. After watching the Cyberchase cartoons, learners discuss why a "v" shape is used to measure a turn. A pair of vital worksheets and different-leveled assessments are provided through embedded links. You will appreciate this comprehensive lesson and the support it provides!
Data collection and interpretation is a big part of math as well as science. Get kids into graphing with a hands-on lesson where butterflies are the main attraction. The class reviews everything they know about the monarch life cycle, migration, and the characteristics of monarch larvae. Each child measures a monarch caterpillar, records his findings, and then uses the data to create a class distribution chart. Multiplication, metric measurement, and the life cycle; sounds like a winning combination!
While building rollercoaster tracks for marbles is definitely age-appropriate for middle schoolers, the calculations on the lab sheets for this instructional activity are above most of them. Physics fledglings measure the potential energy at the beginning of a track, the kinetic energy at its end, and the amount lost to friction along the way. From these values, they calculate the height that a loop can be inserted and still have the marble make it from beginning to end. Hold on to your hats, because it's sure to be a rolicking time!
Solid, liquid, or gas? Or all three? Young chemists make observations of dry ice and measure the pressure associated with its triple point. Pre-lab exercises include drawing Lewis structures and explaining bonding theories. An observation table and detailed procedures for measuring pressure are provided, along with analysis and conclusion questions. If you are planning on spending any time on sublimation with your chemistry class, this resource will be a strong supplement.
Introduce your class to one of the ways that technology is benefiting humanity. The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission involves the data collected by nine satellites from different countries with a united focus on studying world precipitation patterns. Embedded into the slide show is a video explaining the project. Classmates partner in identifying the parts of a satellite and their functions. A tasty concluding activity involves constructing a satellite model by frosting favorite finger foods together such as pretzels and graham crackers!
Students may review measurement, and metric system conversions by measuring one another and the world around them.
Students explore mass measurements. In this non-standard unit measurement lesson, students use non-standard units of measurement to find the weight of different objects. They work in small groups and complete a variety of measuring activities. There are worksheets and an assessment in the lesson.
Fourth graders use pattern blocks to explore areas of polygons. They explain that the answers to the area of the same polygon vary according to the units of measurement used. They visualize how different units of measurement can be used to measure the same area, and how the unit used will change the answer but not the area.
Identifying and measuring angles with a protractor can provide a fun way for students to learn this mathematical concept.
Several subjects are addressed within the context of a science lesson about the sun's ultraviolet rays. Elementary earth scientists consider protection of the skin with sunscreens (health), estimating and measuring surface area or an orange and their own bodies (math), and a fictional story, Mr. Slaptail's Curious Contraption, can also be incorporated (language arts). What an exciting lesson within a comprehensive unit on Earth's atmosphere!
Learners experiment with unconventional units (toothpicks, etc.) to estimate and measure. They consider the advantages of using standard measuring units.
Examine the concept of variation through observation and measurement. Middle schoolers will study a peanut and record any distinguishing characteristics visible as well as sketch their peanuts and describe them in writing. Their peanut is put in a bag with others and they try to identify it. Students then receive 15-20 peanuts in which they make measurements and examine the variation in length of the different peanuts and the variation in measurements.
Middle schoolers investigate the importance of accurate measurements. In this sixth through eighth grade geometry lesson plan, students view Measure for Measure: Lengths and Heights as they explore the history of measurement. Middle schoolers use their own feet as a standard measure and then measure and compare distances.
Students estimate the circumference of a pumpkin. They measure the pumpkin and other school objects, and record the measurements on worksheets.