Mass Practical Investigation Stations for STEM
Have you noticed that your students can solve routine problems involving mass but they struggle when you give them something different? Are you wanting to introduce or build their understanding of mass through problem-solving? These 6 practical stations give students the space to explore and problem-solve.
Using them, they will explore concepts like the fact that objects have mass, they will divide masses and they will solve non-routine problems related to mass. And in so doing, your students will learn – not just facts and routines, but to think and problem solve no matter the situation. And they will internalise that they can do hard things in the process.
What you get:
6 core station scenario cards that:
Are labelled with symbols rather than numbers to make it easier for you to mix and match
Are differentiated. Each station has two versions: an easier and more challenging version. The more challenging version is identified by a star in the symbol.
Include a problem scenario for each station and provide a list of required resources.
Station labels: These can be printed and folded along the line to label each station when set up.
Student pack containing:
A sheet for every station for students to record their thinking, including an outline of the problem scenario.
Bonus: two worksheets in addition to the stations for some routine problem-solving practice, including: ordering masses from smallest to largest; specifying a unit of measurement; reading mass on a scale and 4 word-problems involving mass in the different operations.
Teacher Guide explaining:
Exactly how to set up the stations, what resources you will need, what the core skills are and how students can problem solve. You will also get an answer key for the routine problem-solving worksheets.
In order to complete all of the stations, you will need the following equipment:
Station 1: assorted fruit and a kitchen scale OR assorted fruit and tape, scissors, 2 cups, a hanger and some string (depending on the version that you choose)
Station 2: Rice in its original packaging, a kitchen scale and containers or bags for measuring
Station 3: Rice, a kitchen scale that can switch between grams and ounces and containers or bags for measuring
Station 4: a potato and a kitchen scale
Station 5: Nothing, although a whiteboard and marker would be helpful
Station 6: a bathroom scale and some chairs
**Check out the preview for an example station**
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