Lesson plan

7. Apply measurement techniques to solve problems (A)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.K.MD.A.2 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/K/MD/A/2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP3
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Lesson objective: Gain exposure to using measurement tools for weight.

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and understanding of comparing the single attribute of weight to a real-life situation. Students are asked to help two students determine which of their containers is heavier.

Key Concept students will use: 

  • Objects can be compared based on an attribute they share

Skills students will use:

  • identifying a single attribute between objects
  • comparing
  • articulating differences between objects

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 3 (Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others) as they predict and determine which student is correct in this situation.

Key vocabulary: 

  • balance
  • heavier
  • lighter
  • measurement
  • scale
  • weight


Special materials needed:

  • pan balance