Ch 3: Measurement in Science Lesson Plans

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To fully understand science, your students will have to develop an understanding of measurement systems and practices. You can use the fun activities and project ideas outlined in these lesson plans to help your students learn all they need to know about scientific measurements.

Measurement in Science Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

From hands-on projects and experiments to group activities, these lesson plans help you supplement your science class syllabus with engaging ideas you can use to help your students better understand the metric system and metric conversion, concepts such as volume and capacity, measuring time and using a triple beam balance. You'll also find extended project ideas that allow students the opportunity to apply measurement practices in and outside the classroom.

Use our video and text lessons to further explain these measurement concepts and follow our suggestions to generate class discussions about measurement types and calculations. Quiz your students with the short quiz/worksheet combos accompanying each lesson.

How It Helps

  • Common core: Ensures that your lesson plans meet common core science standards regarding measurement and estimation
  • Class discussion questions/topics: Outlines discussion topics based on video and text lessons to explore facts about scientific measurement concepts that might not be covered in your existing class materials
  • Homework or classwork suggestions: Describes hands-on experiments that validate the measurement concepts discussed in the lessons that your students can do through group work in the classroom or in individual homework assignments

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning measurement in science lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific scientific measurement topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your science class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related measurement in science lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of scientific measurements.
  • Engage your students with relevant scientific measurement-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

35 Lessons in Chapter 3: Measurement in Science Lesson Plans
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Metric System Lesson Plan

1. Metric System Lesson Plan

Teaching students the metric system need not be cumbersome. In this lesson plan, you'll find two video lessons that help students create guides and a worksheet based on our quizzes. Should you need to dig deeper, utilize the included suggestions for related lessons and extensions.

What is the Metric System?

2. What is the Metric System?

Most of the world relies on the metric system for measuring distance, weight, volume, and time. Watch this video lesson to learn what kinds of measurements are used in the metric system.

How to Convert Units in the Metric System

3. How to Convert Units in the Metric System

If you can make dinner, you can convert units in the metric system. It's that easy! In this lesson, you'll learn about the three key things you'll need to perform conversions.

Metric Conversions Lesson Plan

4. Metric Conversions Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, we will help your students learn the basic prefixes of the metric system and the easy way in which one can convert from one base ten unit in the metric system to another.

Metric Conversions: Lesson for Kids

5. Metric Conversions: Lesson for Kids

Whenever we want to measure how long something is, how much it weighs, or how much liquid we have, we can use the metric system to do it. But what happens if we need to convert between larger and smaller units? This lesson will show you how.

Metric Conversion Games & Activities

6. Metric Conversion Games & Activities

The metric system is likely to become increasingly important in the future. Help your students learn what they need to know about the metric system with a few of these games and activities.

Volume Lesson Plan

7. Volume Lesson Plan

What is volume? A text lesson defines and exemplifies volume while an in-class activity provides a visual. Additional resources including related lessons and activities are included for future instruction.

What is Volume in Science? - Lesson for Kids

8. What is Volume in Science? - Lesson for Kids

You may know of the many ways to talk about an object, from how tall it is to what color it is. But did you know that there's another way to describe an object? In this lesson, we will talk about volume.

Measuring Mass Lesson Plan

9. Measuring Mass Lesson Plan

Measuring mass and converting between metric units is easy once you know how to do it. Your students will become pros as they watch a video lesson, tackle practice problems, complete a short mass lab and take a quiz.

Mass vs Weight Lesson Plan

10. Mass vs Weight Lesson Plan

Understanding the difference between mass and weight is essential to any physics curriculum. This lesson plan uses an engaging video, partner and group discussion, and a hands-on lab activity to help students explore these concepts.

Mass Lesson Plan for Elementary School

11. Mass Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Explore mass and teach students why mass is not the same as weight with this text-based lesson plan. After reading an informational text, students will participate in activities to apply understanding, then take a quiz.

Capacity Lesson Plan

12. Capacity Lesson Plan

Your students will enjoy becoming familiar with measuring capacity in the metric system as they watch and discuss a video lesson that contains examples, rotate through a capacity lab, complete a conversion worksheet, and take a quiz.

Capacity Activities for Elementary School

13. Capacity Activities for Elementary School

Capacity can be a difficult concept to grasp at a young age. The following activities will provide simple hands on tasks for students to learn about capacity and to expand their knowledge in measurement.

Measurement Capacity Activities & Games

14. Measurement Capacity Activities & Games

Are you teaching your students about how to measure the capacity of containers? Use this lesson as a helpful resource to find activities and games that will keep your students on their toes as they deepen their understanding of capacity.

Converting Units of Capacity Activities

15. Converting Units of Capacity Activities

Teaching students to convert units of capacity can be a fun and hands-on teaching and learning experience. This lesson offers activities that make converting units of capacity more interesting and memorable.

Measuring Cup Activities

16. Measuring Cup Activities

Want to help your students improve their measuring cup skills? This lesson provides several ideas for fun and exciting activities that will help students learn to measure with this tool.

Bar Chart Activities

17. Bar Chart Activities

This resource provides activities for students to enhance their understanding of bar charts. The activities are intended to be used in upper elementary classes (Grades 3-5) and are suitable for both group and individual work.

Triple Beam Balance Lab Activities

18. Triple Beam Balance Lab Activities

Teaching your students about lab equipment and looking for fun and engaging activities to incorporate into your unit? This lesson contains several ideas to get students working with triple beam balances in engaging, meaningful ways.

Triple Beam Balance Lesson Plan

19. Triple Beam Balance Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the triple beam balance. Students will read a text lesson, name each component part of a triple beam balance, practice reading balances, and measure the mass of several items.

Spring Scale Lab Activities

20. Spring Scale Lab Activities

Looking for some new ways to incorporate spring scales into your lab equipment unit? This lesson contains several ideas for activities that are both engaging and meaningful in helping students learn to use spring scales.

Spring Scale Lesson Plan

21. Spring Scale Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will comprehensively cover the spring scale and its use in the science lab. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss practical uses of the spring scale, and do a hands-on lab activity.

Ruler Lesson Plan

22. Ruler Lesson Plan

Do you need a fun way to teach your students how to use a ruler? This lesson plan provides the solution with the help of a text lesson that highlights important facts. An engaging activity puts learning in action.

Measuring Time Activities

23. Measuring Time Activities

Learning how to measure elapsed time is an important accomplishment for students, with immediate real-life application. This lesson offers activities that make it fun to measure time.

Measurement Lesson Plan

24. Measurement Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about different types of measurement. Give real life examples of each, create a chart, and have students participate in a hands-on activity.

Measurement Lesson for Kids

25. Measurement Lesson for Kids

It would be hard to imagine a world where you didn't know if you were going too slow or too fast or if you were tall or short. You will learn what measurement is and how to measure things in this lesson.

Measurement Lesson Plan for Elementary School

26. Measurement Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Learning how to measure is a key skill students need to master. This lesson plan introduces the measurement of length and gives students the opportunity to practice measuring using nonstandard and standard measuring units.

Significant Figures Lesson Plan

27. Significant Figures Lesson Plan

This lesson uses several different activities, a quiz, and discussion questions to get your students to understand and get excited about significant figures and scientific notation!

Significant Figures and Scientific Notation

28. Significant Figures and Scientific Notation

Are 7.5 grams and 7.50 grams the same? How do scientists represent very large and very small quantities? Find out the answers to these questions in this video.

Scientific Measurement Activities for High School

29. Scientific Measurement Activities for High School

Understanding how to use scientific measurement is essential to the high school science classroom. This lesson contains activities that you can use as you teach your students this topic.

Measurement Activities for Middle School Math

30. Measurement Activities for Middle School Math

Do you need some activities to enhance your unit on measurement? This series of measurement activities allows students to be active while learning important measurement skills.

Measurement Systems & Conversions for Middle School Math

31. Measurement Systems & Conversions for Middle School Math

As students learn about measurement, it's important for them to understand different measurement systems and how to convert units of measurement. Use these activities to help students practice using measurement systems and conversion.

Measuring Mass Activities

32. Measuring Mass Activities

Do your students need some engaging activities to keep them interested in measuring mass? Look at this lesson for ideas that will deepen your students' understanding and pull them right in.

U.S. Customary Units to Measure Weight Lesson Plan

33. U.S. Customary Units to Measure Weight Lesson Plan

Converting weight measurement units can be a little tricky. This lesson plan explains an easy method to convert tons, pounds, and ounces. Students will watch a video, answer discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.

Measurement Unit Plan for 4th Grade

34. Measurement Unit Plan for 4th Grade

This fourth-grade measurement unit addresses the grade four common core standards of measurement conversion, measurement word problems, and perimeter and area of rectangles.

Metric Capacity Activities

35. Metric Capacity Activities

The best way for students to learn new concepts is through hands-on exploration. The activities offered here will motivate your upper elementary students to explore and learn about metric capacity.

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