To familiarize students with basic lab skills, as well as integrate math into science, we begin this unit with two hands on laboratory activities. Students will learn the techniques of massing objects, measuring volume and displacement, and identifying the meniscus of a liquid. The difference between mass and weight is addressed, and demonstrated through the use of differences in gravity on other planets. Finally, students will design an experiment to determine the volume of a paperclip.

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Timeline and instructions for implementing this unit in your classroom
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Meniscus and Displacement

by Micki Halsey Randall

When using a ruler is not the most efficient way of determining volume, we need to offer other suggestions. In this lab, students determine the volume of an object by finding the displacement of the liquid when the object is added to a beaker.
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Oreo Lab

by Micki Halsey Randall

Oreo lab
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Mass vs. Weight Notes

by Micki Halsey Randall

An outline of notes to be used on an overhead or written on the board for students to copy.
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A worksheet for students to compare the weight of objects on each of the planets using the gravitational pull of each planet.
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Volume Formulas

by Micki Halsey Randall

A listing of formulas for volumes of various shapes
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Use this worksheet for practice with volume formulas.
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Mass and Volume - Cube Activity

by Micki Halsey Randall

Students build a cube using the template provided and measure its volume. Then students build another cube with sides 10 times the size of the original cube. They will determine the volume of the new cube and compare it to the original.
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Lab Report Basics

by Micki Halsey Randall

A generic outline for preparing an appropriate laboratory report.
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Mass and Volume - Inquiry Lab

by Micki Halsey Randall

Students design and complete an experiment to determine the volume of a paper clip.
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Lab Report Peer Review

by Micki Halsey Randall

Use this form to have students evaluate each others' lab reports. After evaluations are complete, students receive one day to correct/improve their lab reports before submitting to the teacher.
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Mass and Volume - Reflection

by Micki Halsey Randall

Use this at the end of the unit for students to reflect on their learning, offer suggestions for improvement, and communicate with you.
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