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modeled after a couple of my favorite websites: The Science
Spot and Middle School Science. Thanks, teachers!
My all-time favorite lab!
"metric" but a good observational
used to do
this with 6th
It was the highlight of each week for the entire school year. Great
ongoing lesson if you have 3 or more months ahead of you. Have every
student bring a CLEAN plastic jar with a tight seal from home. Peanut
Jars are perfect. Glass is NOT recommended. Each student also brings
one piece of FRESH fruit which is put in the jar. Once a week for
rest of the school year, draw what you see and then list all observable
changes! By the end of the year, students have a flip-book of the
rotting process. I require 10 observations the first time, which helps
them improve their observational skills! Of course, allow the brave
ones to open their jar to smell the "rotten smell," if they ask! At the
end of the year, have groups share the differences between rotting
procedures of different fruits. Why did some rot slower than others? Do
all bananas rot the same? My students would rush in from recess on
Fridays to grab their fruit jars and start observing. Great fun!
converting within the metric system. (I personally don't believe in
converting between systems. If you want to get your students familiar
with the metric system, use metric exclusively all year! Click
here for a good lecture from Middle
School Science. Click here
for a worksheet from Middle
School Science. Click here
for a couple of good worksheets from Science
to Rule Game
estimate the length (or
volume, etc.) of several items in classroom, then measure actual items.
here for a simplified version.
students measure items
classroom, including smiles, feet, desk tops, etc. Then have them
convert to millimeters and/or meters.
One member of each small group writes the problem on the white board
and all group members help solve the problem without letting the other
groups see their board. Hold up when teacher asks for them. I count
down, "Five. Four. Three. Two. One. Show me the answer!" Each
correct answer gets a point. Called Show
Me the Answer
here in Missouri!
"King Henry" Mnemonic Display
colorful display for
front of the classroom. I leave mine up all year as a helper for
students who need it. Other students use a King Henry
"Slider" I run off
and paste on a piece of tag board. Still others copy down all this
information on a 3x5 card. I allow students to choose the method that
works for them. Many
graduate to just writing khdudcm
quizzes before doing the metric conversion problems.
Died Unexpectedly Drinking Chocolate Milk
using the metric
system! Click here
for entire lesson from Science
great Metric Mania Scavenger Game!
for a good game from Science
download a pdf file with great graphics and the entire mini-metric
Olympics lesson plan.
NOTE: Now for sale for $3.00 by AIMS Education Foundation.
Conversion Relay Race
transparency or an area
the chalkboard in half. Put the same problem on each half. Divide
students into two teams. Line them up in team rows, either standing or
sitting. First two players race to problems, work them out. First one
done (& correct) gets two points for team. If second team gets
right, one point. Players go to back of line. Repeat with a new problem
each time until set points reached or time limit reached.
a good lab that offers
experience in measuring the basics, like mass and weight and volume,
and then has the students calculate the density of each object. Click here for Find
which reviews instruments and
units in an active
Equipment Flashcard Game
scientific equipment flashcards, either photos or sketches. Place both
cards in front of the pair. Then say, "Put your finger on the balance."
Or, "Put your finger on the equipment you would use to measure mass."
Or, "Put your finger on the instrument that have grams for the
unit." They can use both pointing fingers, so one of the pair could get
both of the eye wash flashcards. When they are down to just a couple
flash cards left, have them count their piles and shake
hands with the
winner. I use this game right before their big
Helps them remember to use the balance for mass (g) and the spring
scale for weight (N).
the Relationship between Mass and Weight
the best way I know to
teach that weight and mass are related. Both
Newtons and Grams are
used: Great if you also teach the Work formula (Work = N times m.)
Essentially, have small groups measure the mass (using a balance) and
weight (using a Newtons-only spring scale - tape over grams if you have
to) for several classroom objects, such as glue bottle, rock, test tube
holder, eraser, etc. Provide string for attaching rocks to spring
scales. In order for this to work, they have to try to be very
accurate. You could do a quick reminder at the beginning about
calibrating each instrument. Then make a class chart on the board or
overhead of each group's data. Calculate the mean data for all. At this
point, you hope they can begin to see a pattern, especially if you as
teacher, do some judicious rounding. Challenge students to find a
relationship between the mass and weight of an object. You are working
toward the conversion factor: 1 gram = 100 Newtons. They will usually
see that if you slide the decimal of grams two to the right, you will
have the Newtons. If not, suggest this to the class. But, first try to
have them arrive
at the conversion factor on their own. This may require that they put
their heads together in small groups. Don't be too quick here! Let
them puzzle it out. Walk around
between groups. Offer hints and
suggestions. Once the factor is determined, run a quick white board
game. Give them the mass of an object and have them convert to Newtons.
and vice versa. Be sure you are also emphasizing that mass never
changes, but weight changes as the amount of gravitational force
students to use a
calculator to calculate the answers. Click
instructions for using the calculator. Click here for a practice
worksheet. Click here for a second worksheet. Click
here for a third worksheet.
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