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
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, STEM Enrichment Director