The measurement unit introduces the concepts of time, temperature, mass, length, and liquid volume. In the basic lesson, students are shown various tools used in measurement – clock, thermometer, balance, ruler, and measuring cup – and then practice concepts such as fast or slow, hot or cold, heavy or light, short or tall, more or less.
In the advanced lesson, students will:
- Practice telling time in hours and half hours using their bodies to demonstrate the different time.
- Use thermometers to measure temperature, instructing them on how to record temperature measurements and associating temperature measurements with specific seasons.
- Try to balance an object using paperclips, marbles, wooden blocks, sugar cubes, or pennies that has consistently the same mass.
- Use different objects (like a craft stick) to measure different distances to practice measuring length.
- Use Gallon Man (found in kit) to teach volume.
1.2: Select and use appropriate tools including technology to make measurements (including metric units) and represent results of basic scientific investigations.
- Identify measurement tools.
- Choose the appropriate tool to measure time, temperature, mass, length, and liquid volume.
- Use tools to measure time, mass, length, volume, and temperature.
Equipment Provided in the Kit
- Measuring cup
- Craft sticks
- Gallon Man
- Mini Balances (foam board)
- Small metal pans to place on balance
- Water Bottle Activity
- Red measuring cups
- Large plastic bowl
for more information:
Lauren Rivers, Education Director