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Students use similar triangles and a sight tool to find the height and distance between large objects. In this similar triangles lesson plan, students use a constructed sight tool to measure the distance and height of an object using an equality from the data they find. They use similar triangles and proportions to find the unknown measurements.
Listen to the story "Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi" and solve the riddle and to save Sir Cumference from the knights. Your students will love mixing an activity with story and will practice their measuring skills while completing the puzzle to connect Pi to their measurements.
Through a station rotation activity, scientists complete 9 chemistry activities to complete this interactive worksheet. Concepts include molar masses, percent composition, accuracy vs. precision, mass of an object, scientific notation, measurement conversion, volume and mass, and a final lab practical section. High schoolers will enjoy moving around the room to finish this challenging assignment. Consider using as a final exam or unit assessment.
Students 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.
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.
Yards or inches? Understanding measurements has a lot to do with units, so give scholars some scenarios and have them choose the appropriate unit. There are six labeled images here requiring weight, distance, length, and capacity. They choose from seven units of measurement for each: yard, gallon, mile, ounce, foot, pound, and inch. As you review this, discuss the absurdity of measuring with the wrong units (calculating a trans-Atlantic flight in inches, for example). Bring in some real items and challenge pupils to determine the best units to measure them.
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!
Measurements in customary units and measurements in metric units. How do you convert inches to centimeters? How do you convert centimeters to inches? Have your mathematicians find things in the classroom that are less than a rulers length, have them measure length and width, and then make perimeter calculations. They will make their calculations in both inches and in centimeters.
Kindergarteners and first graders explore measurement using non-standard objects. They discuss the history of measurement, and identify objects that could be used for measuring length. Using pennies, they measure a variety of objects in the classroom, and discuss their results.
Every measuring job requires a tool, but which is the right one? Scholars read four measuring tasks and select the proper tool for each. Next, they switch the exercise by choosing from a list of measuring tasks given a tool. Note there are some grammatical errors here. Consider orally assessing scholars with these by saying each problem and asking them to volunteer or write down answers.
Young geometers explore relationships between units of measure and objects. Three activities provide varied opportunities to practice. Learners calculate the volume of two cylinders made by rolling a piece of paper vertically and horizontally (noting two different volumes with the same surface area). They design hexagons on graph paper. And they estimate the length and width of an egg, measure with calipers, plot dimensions on a scatter plot, and more.