Measurement Teacher Resources
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MEASURING THE DENSITY OF WATER
Students perform an experiment to measure the density of tap water vs. salt water.
Statisticians take things to new heights using a set of height measurements. Students use TI-82 or TI-83 calculators to determine extreme values and the median for the data. They also construct a box-and-whisker plot to summarize the height statistics.
Experiment on Measuring Reaction Rates
High schoolers investigate the rate of a chemical reaction. In this rate of reactions lesson plan, students use an electronic balance to measure the change in mass of a chemical reaction between hydrochloric acid and calcium carbonate. They measure the mass over time and observe the changes. They enter their data into a spreadsheet and calculate the rate of the reaction over time. They answer 11 questions about their results.
Measuring the Heat Energy of a Chemical Change
Students investigate the Law of Conservation of Energy and the relationship between heat and temperature. In this heat energy and chemical changes lesson, students observe a candle heating a paper cup of water and make predictions about the results. They also measure the heat released by a burning candle by heating water in a test tube and calculating the change in temperature of the water. Students also measure the heat released by a burning nut.
Who is the Tallest?
A simple question, with a not-so-simple answer. Working with whole and mixed number measurements in inches, feet, and yards presents a problem with many possible solutions. A great activity that challenges the minds of young mathematicians. Be sure to have rulers and yards sticks handy for added support. Extend the activity by having students measure themselves using different units of length.
New! Heart Rate and Exercise
What is the relationship among the heart, circulation, and exercise? Your class members will explore first-hand how different physical exercises affect an individual's heart rate. They will begin by learning how to measure their own heart rate, and then working individually or in partners, will analyze the effect of such activities as breathing deeply, doing jumping jacks, and listening to fast music. Finally, your young scientists will learn about the relationship between the body's need for more oxygen during physical activity and the heart's effort to deliver that oxygen. This is the third resource in a series of fitness and physical activity lessons.
Ocean explorers or mathematicians research the wreck of the CSS H.L. Hunley. They investigate the actual dimensions of the Hunley using math and measuring skills. Afterward, they sketch a large scale drawing of the submarine outdoors on the black top. Assessment questions and an answer key provided. Go deep with this lesson!
Units & Measurements
Students define and identify various units of measurement. They measure using units, compare weights, enhance balancing skills and discuss how they use measurement in their daily lives
Making Measuring Meaningful
Have your class practice measuring with standard and nonstandard tools. Primary learners use software and books to learn about measurement. They measure a variety of objects using nonstandard tools. Then, they use standard measurement tools to measure objects.
Lesson 2: Measurement Tools
Elementary schoolers examine the uses of rulers, scales, and measuring cups. They determine the criteria for the use of each tool and visit different areas of school to find items that can be measured with these tools. Everyone takes pictures of the items with a digital camera, and responds to an evaluation PowerPoint that highlights the pictures.
Clothing That Really Measures Up!
Students practice their measuring skills. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students create clothing in paper model form and write a description to accompany the clothing.
Easy Equivalent Measures
Learners demonstrate their understanding of equivalent measures. They work in a group and label various measuring tools for weight, length, capacity, and temperature. Plenty of links to important websites and teacher narrative are provided for this hands-on lesson plan.
All About Me: Measuring Height and Weight
Students take personal fitness inventories. In this personal health lesson, students take measurements of their heights and weights. Students record the data, calculate their BMI, and then chart their physical activity.
Estimation and Measurement
Get second graders outside to estimate and measure how long 800 meters is on their school campus. They then measure the actual distance in yards to see how close their estimate was. An interesting teaching idea!
Is It Really That Big?
Groups of pupils go outside and use shadows to enhance their knowledge of how to solve problems which deal with similarity. The groups take measurements of the heights and shadows of familiar objects, and use indirect measurement to find the heights of things that are much larger and taller in size. An excellent worksheet is embedded in this plan, as is a website on proportions for middle schoolers to access.
How Big is Big?
In a math or life science class, "mini-me" models are created with cardstock to reflect a 1:10 scale of students' bodies. Learners measure each others' heights with meter sticks, and then reduce the size by 10. After this exercise, they work in groups to find the measurements of different animals and plants, and then make scale models of them. For learners with stronger math skills, assign non-metric units to convert.
Hair & Nails: How fast do they grow?
Find here a complete lesson dealing with the equations and graphs of proportional relationships, as well as what each individual point on such a graph represents. It may appeal to girls in particular, as the data details the growth rates of hair and fingernails. Individuals measure the length of their own hair, apply a unit rate equation, graph the growth, and then predict how long it will take for it to reach a specified length. Worksheets and links to additional resource material are provided alongside a detailed lesson plan.
The story of Pi
Why are decimal places important? Can't we just round up? Through a comprehensive five-day lesson, young mathematicians and scientists discover the answers to these questions and more through an in-depth investigation into pi. From measuring and calculating, to designing and performing an experiment, to writing a persuasive essay about whether or not pi should be rounded to 3.0, all angles are explored in a cross-curricular fashion. Although the lesson lasts a week, the amount of information your learners will retain is well worth the time invested.
Measuring Where We Sit In The Universe
Students investigate scientific measurement. They use a variety of scales to do the job and communicate the results correctly. The teacher uses socratic questioning throughout the lesson checking for comprehension. Students measure some of the objects in the room.
Students investigate measurement. For this library lesson plan, students discuss measurement, read Millions to Measure by David Schwartz, and complete a worksheet. Extra related activities are included in the lesson plan that appeals to grades k-8.