Start your science class at the bell with these middle school metric measurement science starters. So often, those precious first minutes of class are wasted. These metric measurement activities are designed to get students actively engaged in scientific skills & problem solving and are accompanied by a minute-by-minute guide for instruction.
This 12-day set of science starters focuses on the most commonly used metric measurement skills of a middle science student. Each day builds on the previous day's instruction, increasing in complexity. Each days focuses on a specific question related to measurement.
Why do we measure things?
How do we measure things?
How do we measure length?
How do we measure volume?
How do mass and weight differ?
- Brainstorm how measurement is used in daily life and careers that rely on accurate measurement
- Categorize types of measurement
- List items that can be measured with varying tools
- Determine why it is important that scientists across the globe use the same system of measurement
- Review metric "base words" and prefixes
- Practice writing unit abbreviations
- Practice measuring length in centimeters
- Practice measuring length in meters
- Practice finding and calculating volume of rectangular solids
- Practice finding volume of liquids and reading a graduated cylinder
- Practice finding volume of irregular solids using water displacement
- Describing how weight and mass differ
- Practice finding mass of objects
INCLUDED IN THIS RESOURCE (.zip file):
- Teacher instructions for use
- Cover document if making a booklet
- 12 days of 6 Minute Science Starters sheets
- 6 minute Teaching Guide and Answer Key
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Wishing you a class-full of curious minds, always!
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