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Famous Scientists/ Scientific Method

The Metric System, Measuring  & Math Skills

  • Metric Pyramid (pdf) cut out and use as ref.
  • Class Notes: Metric System (PDF)
  • Smile Metric Style : Measure your Lab Partner's Smile in cm - Who has the largest smile? Smallest smile?( Modified from the original source)
  • Let's Grow Metric:  Students will take metric measurements of themselves in Sept and again in June.
  • Metric Estimation Game: Played like the Price is Right, great for the kids to practice the metric system, makes it more concrete.
  • Metric Mania - Lessons and Links at Sciencesopt.net
  • Statistics : n, sum, avg, max, min & range. 


Bar Graphs & Line Graphs

  • Learning How to Graph Correctly Lab : What days are the busiest in the Maternity Ward? Collect class data on Birthdays. Make a Bar Graph to represent what day of the week had the most births. Make a Line Graph to represent what numerical day of the  month had the most births.    TOP


  • Interpreting data - students will practice using tally marks, bar graphs, and pictographs

Mass & Matter
  • How to use a Triple Beam Balance Lab: Students will learn the correct way to use a triple beam balance.  Students will learn how to find the mass of known and unknown masses.

  • New! Triple Beam Balance Lab - pdf

  • New! Triple Beam Balance Water Lab - pdf

  • Making Cents Lab: What is a penny made of? How much does it weigh? Are there any differences?

  • Potato Chip Challenge: Students will design a package to mail one Pringles Potato Chip through the postal system.  Chip must arrive in ONE piece!  This activity reinforces mass and volume when designing a package and incorporates problem solving skills. Challenge Pictures 2002: NJ and Texas


  • Practice Reading Volume in a Graduated Cylinder pdf

  • Rainbow Lab - Volume

  • Practice Calculating Volume LxWxH pdf

  • Practice Calculating Volume by Displacement pdf

  • Volume Stations Lab - regular and irregular objects:  PDF

  • Volume Lab of Regular and Irregular Objects:  Station Lab.  

  • Regular Objects: Place blocks of different sizes around room. Groups will rotate and measure in cm or mm sides of blocks then calculate the volume in cm3 or mm3.

  • Irregular Object Lab :  Set up paper clips, rubber stoppers, marbles, etc. End mL - Start mL = mL or cm3. 




  • Density: arrange from least to most dense

  • Internet Lab: Float or Sink - find the volume and mass of different objects, see if they will float or sink, then calculate the density. Activity Page (pdf)



Speed & Acceleration 

  • Take a Walk! Lab: Students will calculate and graph their walking speed.
  • Balloon Racers - Students will design a balloon powered race car.  Great activity for calculating speed and incorporating Newton's Laws.

Motion , Momentum, & Projectile Motion

Force, Friction


Forces in Fluids 


Work, Power, & Simple Machines 

Electricity & Magnetism 


Kinetic and Potential Energy




  • Wave Graphing: Change the amplitude and frequency to see what happens to the boat.


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