Saturday, December 10, 2011

Learning About Weight and Balance

A hands-on exploration into math concepts...
We presented the children with the boxed scale.  We looked at the box's pictures and words, asking the children question about what could be inside. "What do you see in the picture? What do you think might be inside?  What do you think it might be used for?"  Then we explored the scale, introducing the idea of weigh, balance and math vocabulary. 

I wonder what weighs more- A real or a plastic banana? 

 What happens when you add other items to the scale?

I wonder which side has more- Lets count together...

Which one feels heavier to you?

Does a train weigh more or less than plastic fruit?  This side is lighter.

I wonder how many items it takes to make them even- balanced?  

In case you are wondering...The real banana weighs more?

No bananas were harmed in the process of this exploration.  The children were great at being very gentle. :)-

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