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* *Reflection: Student Communication
The Difference Between Mass and Customary Weight - Section 3: Group Work

I chose an exploratory activity like this because students, on their own, have struggled with this concept. I felt it was better to have students work together, and debate, only 5 objects to begin with. I didn’t want them to feel rushed to complete a lot of questions. I also wanted to spend time walking around and listening to their dialogue so that I could get a better idea of where they were getting stuck or confused.

*Leaning-In*

*Student Communication: Leaning-In*

# The Difference Between Mass and Customary Weight

Lesson 13 of 13

## Objective: SWBAT use their shared understanding of mass to estimate the mass of given objects.

#### Intro

*10 min*

*What is estimation? Why do we estimate? *Here we talk about approximate values, units and getting ‘close’ to the correct weight or amount.

*How many counters do you think I have in this cup? Now how much water do you think is in this cup? What about how much this glass apple weighs? *

We discuss how things can fill up a certain amount of space (liquid volumes) like pouring water into a cup, or how an object can have mass, which is different than weight.

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#### Building our Vocabulary

*20 min*

We create shared notes and definitions about the different between weight and mass because this can be a difficult idea for 8 and 9 year olds to grasp. I think it is important to take the time to do this so that we all have a shared resource that we can refer back to.

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#### Group Work

*15 min*

*Please number your paper 1-5. We are going to use what we know about estimating today, and you’re going to have to use some really good thinking skills with your group today to figure these out! Remember to discuss together and defend your answers and ideas with our accountable talk sentence stems (Mp3)*

*1. What is the mass of a penny?*

*2. What is the mass of a pencil?*

*3. What is the mass of a school bus?*

*4. What is the mass of a rhino?*

*5. What is the mass of Mrs. Maffei?*

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#### Close

*5 min*

*What did you guys discover today? What made this activity challenging? How is mass different from customary weight? *

We spend some time at the end discussing the challenges of deciding between weight and mass and discuss why we refer back to our notes and new vocabulary to help us, especially with a new or difficult concept.

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