Shrink Me!

The incredibly shrinking meter—decimeters to centimeters, to millimeters, and now to nanometers! Learners may have a difficult time visualizing particles on a nanoscale. Help them see a little clearer using a well-designed lesson that allows them to explore the meaning of a nanometer. They take a good look to discover where the nanometer fits in relation to other measurements in the metric system.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Incorporate as an introduction to the nanoscale
  • Have pupils create a diagram of a real-life object shrunk by different powers of 10
Classroom Considerations

  • Review prefixes such as centi, mili, and deci prior to the activity

  • Adaptable to different grade levels
  • Provides ideas for extension

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