4th math/science teacher
01302006, 06:13 PM


For measurement I use Hershey's Kisses as a "tool" for them to weigh other objects such as paper clips, erasers, cm.cubes, etc. Using a pan balance the students discover that one kiss weighs 5 grams. They then use this information to weigh other objects using the kisses. Ex: A pencil eraser may weigh 2 kisses OR 10 grams. How many cm. cubes AND kisses does it take to measure the mass of a small calculator? etc. Kids really enjoy the discovery of this lesson and the ability to "weigh" objects in non standard weights. After the concept of weight is established, the kids are ready to eat their treats and move on to using the standard weights of grams, kilograms, pounds, ounces, etc. The students NEVER forget the weight of a Hershey Kiss and apply this knowledge to estimating the weight/mass of other objects.
