October 6

Balance Scales

Math and science were connected in this first grade lab. After viewing a variety of scales, we learned how to skillfully use a balance scale. Use scales in grocery stores to reinforce this concept. Just a Little Bit is a fun story about using teamwork to balance a seesaw! Click here to watch it.

We estimated which one would be heavier before we placed the items on the balance scale.

The number balance is one of my favorite math tools. This tool can be used for greater than and less than, addition, missing addends, and multiplication. Students also learn to balance equations which is a basic algebraic skill. How can two weights on one side balance just one weight on the other?