Reflection: Trust and Respect Triple Beam Balance Introductory Activity - Section 4: Student Activity


This is designed as a quick activity. I try is not make this event an overly complicated affair - I want my students to experience how to use a triple-beam balance scale so that during ournext lab they have prior knowledge on how to use this equipment.

True experience comes from repeated use of this tool to make authentic measurements. I have also noticed that the students are proud of the trust given to them by their teacher to use expensive and delicate equipment. I believe that this trust stops any potential abuse later in the year.

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Triple Beam Balance Introductory Activity

Unit 1: First Week of School
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: Students will be able to manipulate a triple-beam balance scale using simple procedures.

Big Idea: Experience with real measurements can remove intimidation students may have with using a triple-beam balance scale.

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