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- Kristina C., Special Education Teacher
- Covina, CA
Weight Teacher Resources
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Students estimate and compare grapefruit weights. In this weight measurement and literacy instructional activity, students listen to the story Nate's Big Hair and the Grapefruit in There, then estimate the weight of a grapefruit after holding it. Students compare and record the weights of classroom items using a balance scale. Suggestions for grade level differentiation are given.
Estimate and explore the length and weight of classroom items using standard measurement and scales. Students will work in groups to determine appropriate measuring tools, weigh or measure items, and record their results on a data chart. They will also participate in a related online activity.
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!
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.
Fifth graders explore and investigate metric and standard units to measure temperature. They record the temperature twice a day at school for one week and compare the temperatures with major cities around the United States using the Internet. Students also complete different worksheets that focus on selecting the appropriate units of measurement.
This in-depth organic chemistry lab walks learners through an investigation of the effect of initiator concentration on the resulting molecular weight of polystyrene. It is important that you use this activity with experienced chemistry learners as they will synthesize polystyrene several times and calculate efflux time and viscosity. Ideally you would use this when teaching your class about polymerization.
Accuracy v. precision! A very interesting slideshow for a concept that is important but not always covered. Dart boards and golf greens are shown with many examples of darts and bills that show how results can be either accurate or precise, both or neither. Ways to mathematically determine if experimental results are significant are shown and then your class will look at the different types of measuring equipment and assess how to improve their results and best state their calculations.
Why do we need standard measurement? Youngsters will listen to How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Myller, compare family member footprints cut out of paper, and conclude why standard measurement is important. They will also participate in a hands-on investigation of a variety of common measuring tools.
Mini mathematicians measure the same distances as in a previous instructional activity using an outline cutout of their foot. This enables pupils to practice using nonstandard units and to compare the measurement totals using their feet and the teacher's foot. Two excellent worksheets are included in this plan.
Record calorie and nutritional content, exercise, and weight loss with this functional application. As part of a nutrition or health class, open the eyes of teenagers to the make-up of what they really eat. Encourage healthy habits by having learners track their intake and output of calories.