Hands-On Measuring

Students need active learning experiences to understand measurement concepts and develop important skills. These resources provide opportunities for students to problem solve with hands-on and virtual measurements in real-world and online environments.

The Global Sun Temperature Project
Bigger than hands-on, this is an annual real-world, international and interdisciplinary research project for students. Classes gather local data, post data online, and use the aggregated data to see how average daily temperatures and hours of sunlight relate to distance from the equator.

It Takes Ten
Students use metric units to estimate and measure weight, length, and volume, and to determine area.

Open-Ended Math Problems: Get Ready, Get Set
Select a month and scroll down to find open-ended measurement problems at three levels of difficulty. Students build mathematics understanding and see how mathematics is used in everyday life.

Pentagon Puzzles
This measurement lesson is one of 37 hands-on projects focused on mathematics. See http://www.math.nmsu.edu/~breakingaway/lessons.html for more lessons.

Popcorn Math
Here is a volume estimating activity for students to do on their own or with others.

Surface Area and Volume
Examine prisms from multiple views, adjust dimensions, rotate prisms, and see how dimension changes impact volume and surface area. Students can also calculate volume and surface area.


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NSES: More Than Just Content Standards!

The National Science Education Standards is more than a document for reference when state or local content standards are written or revised. The book, available online and in print, contains a wealth of supporting information for you and other educators in addition to the K-12 standards for science education content.

Professional Development Standards
If you are involved in planning in-service, you will find criteria here for professional development that implements the national standards.

Assessment Standards
The assessment standards provide criteria for judging the quality of practices employed by teachers and by district, state, and federal agencies. The chapter closes with two sample assessment tasks.

Example: The Insect and the Spider
Throughout the content standards are links to detailed examples of lessons that implement teaching, assessment, and program standards. This is an example for grades 5-8.

Science Content Standards
The content standards are grouped by grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 with the aim of a seamless science program. The standards outline what students should know, understand, and be able to do.

Science Education Program Standards
Putting it all together, this chapter provides criteria for the quality of and conditions for science programs. Teachers, department chairs, curriculum directors, administrators, and school committees, all those who must translate the standards into programs, will find guidance here.

Table of Contents
Browsing the Contents will give you an idea of the depth and breadth of the Standards. In a position statement, the National Association of Science Teachers says, “It is incumbent upon classroom teachers to become as knowledgeable as possible about the Standards and then, in turn, assist in the dissemination of the vision to colleagues, administrators, parents, community leaders, and policy makers.”

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