The student is expected to collect, record, and analyze information using tools, including microscopes, cameras, computers, hand lenses, metric rulers, Celsius thermometers, wind vanes, rain gauges, pan balances, graduated cylinders, beakers, spring scales, hot plates, meter sticks, compasses, magnets, collecting nets, notebooks, sound recorders, and Sun, Earth, and Moon system models; timing devices, including clocks and stopwatches; and materials to support observation of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums.
The student knows how to use a variety of tools and methods to conduct science inquiry.
Tools and Equipment of Science: BioEd Online (video) - Barbara Tharp, MS, explains what types of tools are used in the elementary classroom and how to introduce the proper usage of tools to students.
Measuring Volume Using a Graduated Cylinder: Wisc-Online (website) – In 3rd grade, students learn how to quantify liquid measurements using the metric system and graduated cylinders. This interactive tutorial explains how to correctly use a graduated cylinder and includes practice questions at the end.
Measuring Colors: Julie Dubois, MSP Summer Institute (DOC) – Students use graduated cylinders and pipettes to measure and combine various quantities of food coloring. They then record these observations in a science journal. If test tubes are not available, small, clear plastic cups can be used as a substitute.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Math: Volume for Elementary Level: University of Missouri (website) - This sites provide basic level information on volume and capacity. Lean about a concept of volume and measuring volume/capacity. Includes teaching ideas, games, and lesson plans.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Capacity Challenge: Utah Education Network (website) – Liquid measurement tools are used to explore the concept of volume.
Measurement-Volume: Anderson County Schools (website) – Students create paper containers to compare the amount of beans it can hold.
Measuring Lab: Utah Education Network (website) – Following a recipe to prepare a meal requires measurement. Students work together to create a Crunchy Munchy Chocolate-Peanut Goop desert and by measuring out different ingredients from a recipe.
Provide students with 5 different containers that can hold water. Challenge them to predict the order of the containers by the one that can hold the most liquid to the least. Allow them to test their prediction using a graduated cylinder and record the results. They can change the ranking to demonstrate what they observed.
How Do You Measure Liquids? Adamson, H. (ISBN-13: 978-1429663311)
Science Toolbox, Stangl, Jean, (ISBN-13: 978-0830643523)
Science Tools, Davis, Jon, (ISBN-13: 978-1404821996)
Cyber Chase Can You Fill It? PBS Kids Go! (website) – Students play a game that challenges to fill a container with the fewest numbers of pours.
Measuring Liquid Volume: Virginia Department of Education (pdf) - Students use a variety of tools to measure volume.