Balancing With Blocks

Balancing With Blocks lesson plan

Who much does it weigh?

  • 1.

    Obtain spring and/or balance scales that measure in ounces or grams, such as those for weighing letters or foods. Demonstrate how to use them carefully.

  • 2.

    Weigh wooden blocks. Combine several. Balance different shapes and sizes to get the same weight. Arrange blocks from lightest to heaviest. Experiment.

  • 3.

    With a teacher's help, use Crayola® Washable Markers to make a chart to record block weights. Draw pictures of blocks and leave space to record their weights.

  • 4.

    Weigh blocks with a friend. Record block weights on the chart. Compare weights of different blocks. What combinations weigh the same?

  • 5.

Standards

  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
  • MATH: Describe and compare measurable attributes.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: Measuring Weight (Simple Measurement) by Julia Vogel; You Can Use a Balance (Rookie Read-About Science) by Linda Bullock
  • Students make a chart of sets of blocks that have the same weight. Students may sketch the block shapes to represent the weights. For example, 2 rectangular blocks may weigh the same as 3 circular blocks and one wooden rhombus.