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Found Pounds

In this lesson, learners create memorable benchmarks for ounces and pounds by playing a scavenger hunt game in which they gain points for finding objects that weigh approximately an ounce or pound. Learners practice weighing objects and discuss why it is important to know the difference between ounces and pounds. This lesson guide includes questions for learners, assessment options, extensions, and reflection questions.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Collection
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
    • Problem Solving
    • Reasoning and Proof
  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Mass and Weight
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories


  • Food and Cooking
  • Games

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics:

  • CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.A.2: Measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses of objects using standard units of grams (g), kilograms (kg), and liters (l). Add, subtract, multiply, or divide to solve one-step word problems involving masses or volumes that are given in the same units, e.g., by using drawings (such as a beaker with a measurement scale) to represent the problem.(more info about this benchmark)
  • CCSS.Math.Content.4.MD.A.1: Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Record measurement equivalents in a two column table.(more info about this benchmark)

Includes assesments for student learning

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • LeBlanc Dankanich, Caitlin

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, ©2010

Funding Source:

  • Thinkfinity/Verizon Foundation

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