Weight Wonders: Big and Light...Heavy and Small?
First graders generally love to think concretely. So if it's a rock, it's heavy. If it's a little box of raisins, it's light. Right? Well, not always…and this discovery is often mind-boggling for little kids. It's also very important as they build their science understanding; in later grades kids will actually study formal scientific concepts of volume, mass, and measurement. Here's a fun activity to help build thinking skills in young scientists and to encourage them to have a blast exploring the world in new ways.
What You Need:
- Variety of objects from around the house (examples: empty egg carton, full juice box, apple, banana, box of raisins, toy block, magazine, small wicker basket, picture frame, toothbrush, coffee mug)
- Kitchen scale (for small items)
- Bathroom scale (for large items)
- Lined paper