Miss Parker brought a strange box of eggs to school and gave us a problem to solve….. Which egg is the heaviest?
We used the balance scales to compare the eggs to each other so we could find out which one was the heaviest. We knew the heaviest egg would make the balance scale go to the bottom. What it took some of us a little longer to understand was that the biggest egg wasn’t always the heaviest.
The next day we’d been on our Easter egg hunt and had a basket full of mini creme eggs. We decided we could use these to measure the weight of our eggs because they were a non-standard but consistent weight.
We had to add the eggs slowly to make sure we didn’t put too many in or not enough. We had to make sure the balance scales were balanced.
Everyone’s favourite but was when they got to eat their egg! 🙂
What have we been learning?
- To say which object is the heaviest and which is the lightest.
- To be able to order at least 3 objects by weight.
- That the biggest object isn’t always the heaviest.
- To use the balance scales to say which is the heaviest and the lightest.
- To use a non-standard unit to measure the weight of objects so we can say which is heaviest.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Talk about the weight of different objects and allow you child to hold them to feel it for themselves.
- Do some baking together and talk about how to weight the different objects using scales. You could try this special recipe where the children can do it themselves balancing everything against the egg.