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Third Time's A Charm
First graders explore the scientific method. Given the opportunity to perform several hands-on experiments, learners follow directions to practice the methods of the scientific inquiry. They predict the outcome of each experiment and discuss the final results. Finally, in small groups, classmates explain why procedures for an experiment will give the same result if performed multiple times. Students may use technology to graph results of experiments.
How do we measure global earthquakes?
Young scholars examine three seismograms of a recent South American earthquake recorded by USGS stations. They measure the S-P distance and use a P and S wave travel-time graph to find the epicenter distance for each seismogram. In addition, they use distance to find the epicenter of the earthquake.
Telling Time to 5 Minutes
Students take part in various activities ranging from creating a human clock, to small group problem solving to reinforce the concept of telling time accurately to five minutes on an analog clock.
How Time Flies!
Third graders measure elapsed time. In this time measurement lesson, 3rd graders use Judy clocks to demonstrate the elapsed time. Students solve time problems with a partner.
In this reaction times worksheet, students collect data about classmates' reaction times in catching a meter stick. Students plot the data on a table, create a histogram, calculate the mean, median and mode and make predictions.
It's About Time
Students investigate how Global Positioning Systems work and how and why GPS receivers make errors. They graph data points and apply estimation and prediction to real-life GPS situations, discuss time delay, and complete a worksheet.
Exact Time Between Dates
Students calculate exactly how much time has passed between two dates. In this lesson on time, students are given two exact dates and must calculate how many days, months and years have passed between the two dates.
The West the Railroads made
Students investigate the effects of time and distance for the creation of a successful railroad. In this railroad lesson, students recognize the railroad's need for an exact time schedule was the cause for the creation of time zones. Students answer questions about the need for exact time. Students create a water clock.
Measuring with a Microscope
After considering the importance of scale, microbiologists measure the field of view for the 40X and 100X objectives of a compound light microscope. With this information, they calculate the size of a paramecium and a corn stem cell. They also calculate the field of view for the high power objective so that they can use it to determine size. Because of the math and cognitive ability required, the lesson is geared toward high school biology scholars. A well-written lab sheet is provided.
Got the Time? (Math Word Problems)
Upper graders work with peers to solve word problems related to time and independently solve word problems that involve calculating time. They will show their ability to solve and work through mathematical operations. A worksheet is provided in addition to a well-written teacher's guide.
Jack and the Beanstalk: Measurement Ideas
Have fun with Jack and his beanstalk! Primary learners will practice skills at various activity centers, including: weight measurement, money, art, nonstandard length measurement, problem solving, music, reading, and writing. Every activity ties into the story.
How Do We Measure Earthquakes?
How is the magnitude of an earthquake measured? How is the intensity of an earthquake measured? What is amplitude in relation to an earthquake? In what country was the largest magnitude earthquake? There is a wealth of information about earthquakes and your learners will definitely want to use their calculators to figure out the answer to some of the questions. It might take more than one class period to cover all the material.
Chapter 7: Measuring Domestic Output, National Income, and the Price Level
Young economists will enjoy this approachable and informative presentation. It is full of helpful graphs and definitions. Especially interesting will be the graph that measures the global perspective of the underground economy as a percent of GDP, as well as a discussion about an expenditures approach versus an income approach to economics.
Estimation and Measurement
Students experiment with unconventional units (toothpicks, etc.) to estimate and measure. They consider the advantages of using standard measuring units.
Measurement and Variation
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.
Measure for Measure: Lenghts and Heights
Middle schoolers investigate the importance of accurate measurements. In this sixth through eighth grade geometry lesson, 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.
Measuring Pumpkins and Our World
Students estimate the circumference of a pumpkin. They measure the pumpkin and other school objects, and record the measurements on worksheets.
How Can You Measure This?
Third graders work in small groups to complete a number of investigations in which they have to use measurement. They determine the fractional part of the newspaper that is used for news, sports, etc. They compare their height to their the measurement of their outstretched arms.
Students read "Public Is Wary but Supportive on Rights Curbs," at the New York Times online. They explore how opinion polls are created and conducted, focusing on the wording of questions and the methods of sampling a population.
Conduct guided experiments and discussions while collecting anthropometric measurements. Your class will explore impact of experimental errors in a scientific system, and explain their observations/findings in writing. An introduction to Bertillonage is included along with resources and links.