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.
Origin of the Metric System: US Metric Association – This site is an explanation of the Metric System and its history. The metric system is an internationally agreed set of units for measurement.
Metric Madness: K8Science (PDF) - This lesson enables students to use tools and apply the skills of estimation and metric measurement in an engaging format. Students rotate through stations or centers in groups. This lesson may be adjusted depending on measurement objectives of the grade level.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Metric Measurement: Utah Education Network (website) – Students use a ruler and meter stick to measure the length of a variety of objects.
What’s Your Wingspan? Science NetLinks (website) - Students gather and analyze data on their wingspan in an exploratory environment to review measurement and graphing. Questions for discussion are included.
Estimation and Measurement: Science NetLinks (website) – In this lesson, students will first measure with the idea of units in mind and then be challenged to consider why it is important to have standardized units of measurement.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Balloon Blast: K8Science (PDF) - Students will devise a plan to measure the distance of a balloon's flight, predict the direction a balloon will travel as it deflates, experience Newton's Third Law (for every action there is an opposite, yet equal, reaction), collect relevant data, graph results, and draw conclusions.
Measure the wingspan of your family members. Compare their span against their height. Do you see any patterns? Write a report on your findings.
How Big is the Lion? Accorsi, William, (ISBN-13: 978-0761155409)
Measuring Penny, Leedy, Loreen, (ISBN-13: 978-0805065725)
How Big is a Foot? Myller, Rolf, (ISBN-13: 978-0440404958)
Me and the Measure of Things: (ISBN-13: 978-0440417569)
Length, Pluckrose, Henry, (ISBN-13: 978-0516454535)
Metric Mania Lesson: The Science Spot (website) - A host of metric lessons that include labs on length, mass, volume, density, temperature and conversions activities.
Create a Graph: Kid’s Zone (website) - This website developed by the National Center for Education Statistics, allows teachers and students to create and print graphs for use in experiments. Five types of graphs are available in various patterns and colors. You can even title the graph and label the axis.