Measuring the mass, volume, and density of a student! NGSS SEP aligned
This activity is highly engaging and one that students will remember for many years. Students (who choose) will have their volume measured by water displacement, their mass measured, and, using these measurements, their density calculated.
Mass and volume are reviewed in this lesson, and the formula of density is “discovered” by students with a simple activity.
Instructions for construction of the giant overflow container are given and how the student volume is measured. Suggestions are given for student roles during this activity.
Teacher slides, teacher notes, and student worksheets are all included.
The science and engineering practices below are incorporated in this investigation:
Developing and using models.
Analyzing and interpreting data.
Using mathematics and computational thinking.
The Cross Cutting Concept is incorporated in this investigation:
Scale, Proportion, and Quantity:
- Scientific relationships can be represented through the use of algebraic expressions and equations
Included in this resource:
17 Teacher slides
3 pages of teacher notes
2 pages student worksheets
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