Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Math and Science Fun with Balance Scales

Is is a math center?  Is it a science center? It's both!  Make this fun DIY balance scale for your classroom.  It's so easy to make that all of your students can have their own balance scale.

Materials Needed
  • 1 extra long popsicle stick (Michaels or Hobby Lobby)
  • 2 binder clips
  • 1 pipe cleaner
  • 1 Biggie Bead
  • 1 clothespin
  • 1 mini rubber band
  • optional (4 black magnetic discs)
  • Slide Biggie Bead onto the pipe cleaner.
  • Place it in the middle of the pipe cleaner.
  • Slide the mini rubber band onto the long popsicle stick and place in the middle.
  • Wrap the pipe cleaner around both ends as seen in picture below.
  • Place binder clips over both ends of the pipe cleaner to secure.
  • Place clothespin on Biggie Bead.
  • Discuss with students how to make their scale balance (hang equal) by keeping the bead/clothespin over the rubber band.
  • Use suggested objects below to weigh.
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Place a round magnetic black disc (see link below) on front and back of binder clips.  Have your students compare sighing paperclips and magnetic discs. Give your students play dough and let them create different shapes to weigh.  Use linking chains, plastic spoons, crayons and other items to weigh too.

Want to Do More?

Recycle Starbucks lids or small cups and use to weigh other objects.

1.  Hole punch lids in four different places.
2.  Attach pipe cleaner through one hole and string through binder clip
3.  Attach the pipe cleaner in the opposite hole and secure.
4.  Repeat steps with 2nd pipe cleaner.
5.  Follow the same directions for the other side of the scale.

Let the weighing fun begin!  

Can you think of other objects to weigh?  Leave your ideas in the comments section.

Next Generation Science Standards:
  • Structure and Function - The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function.
  • Develop a simple model based on evidence to represent a proposed object or tool. 
Math Standards:
  • Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight.  
  • Directly compare two objects with a measure attribute in common, to see which objects has "more of"/"less of" the attribute.  For example, which objects weighs more.

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