I designed these measurement stations for my 4th graders. Not only does it help them practice math skills, but they also get to use some scientific tools. The stations included are as follows:
1) Celsius Adventures: Students practice reading thermometers on the Celsius side.
2) Graduated Scientists: Students practice reading graduated cylinders and notice patterns of displacement.
3) Springing into Action: Students practice reading spring scales to determine Newtons of force and grams of weight.
4) Go for the Gold: Students practice “massing” objects on a triple-beam balance.
5) Rice & Beans: Students learn about capacity with this simple activity.
6) Balancing Pans: Students practice using a pan balance and figuring out how many grams certain objects weigh.
Materials needed for these stations include:
- Celsius Adventures: 2 beakers, 1 beaker filled with ice water, 2 thermometers, paper towels, 2 burners
- Graduated Scientists: 2 graduated cylinders, marble, paper towel, 2 beakers
- Springing into Action: 1 spring scale, 5 quart baggies, 5 binder clips, marker, glue, scissors, beads, and blocks
- Go for the Gold: 1 triple-beam balance, beaker, calculator, scissors, hole punch
- Rice and Beans: Any container, scoop, bag of rice, bag of beans
- Balancing Pans: Gram weights, 1 pan balance, 2 blocks, 6 buttons, hole punch, calculator, scissors, rock
When you download this pack, you get the following components:
-detailed lesson plan
-6 colorful "station direction" pages to print, laminate, and put next to each station for the children to reference during the activity
-3 separate recording sheets for students to record data during the station work. These recording sheets come 2/piece of paper, which fits perfectly into a composition notebook.
*Please note: the "Celsius Adventures" station appears in both this packet and in my "Measurement Stations Using Science and Math Tools: Part I" packet. However, I make the stations different by adjusting the temperature of the water so that none of the answers are identical.
**Please note: the "Balancing Pans" station appears in both this packet and in my "Measurement Stations Using Science and Math Tools: Part I" packet. However, I make the stations different by including different objects the students must measure so none of the answers are identical.