Part 1: Discovering Water Displacement Method
Part 2: Discovering Method for Measuring Single, Small Volume Objects (paperclip)
Set up procedures and short teacher script provided.
Part 1 Summary
This is an activity that incorporate inquiry into the discovery of the use of the water displacement method for measuring the volume of an irregularly shaped object.
A teacher could simply demonstrate how to measure volume using water displacement, but the learning is much more meaningful and long lasting if the students are able to discover for themselves the ways in which the volume of oddly shaped solids can be measured.
These activities also serve as practice in using laboratory tools, skills, and procedures (Graduated Cylinders, Funnels, Accurate Measurement Readings, etc)
Students really enjoy these activities. They have fun brainstorming ideas to solve the problems, the have fun using the lab tools to test their ideas, and they are thrilled when they come up with the correct procedure. It instills confidence in them when they see that they themselves figured out how to solve a problem that initially seemed impossible.
These are exercises in inquiry and critical thinking, along with creative thinking.
Inquiry, Lab Procedures, Volume, Measuring, Critical Thinking, Water Displacement, Discovery