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Science - Kindergarten
Standard 1 Objective 1
1 class periods of 45 minutes each
Students use a balance and make predictions about heavier and lighter objects. Students also use a graduated cylinder and compare how the same volume of water looks to be a different amount when poured into different sized containers. Data recording could be done in a large group setting with an adult facilitator or with helpers at each station.
Students need to become comfortable using science tools. In this lab, a balance, wash bottle (squeezable bottle with a straw) and graduated cylinder will be introduced. Students will make many different predictions during the lab. It is critical that students learn at the earliest age that making predictions is not a right and wrong process and incorrect answers are acceptable. This needs to be reinforced constantly
Ask the students if they are scientists. Tell them they are and scientists need to learn how to use science tools. Show them the balance and graduated cylinder and go over the names with them. Talk to students about what a prediction is and that there are no wrong predictions in science.
Using a balance: This activity is done at each table as a group.
Using a Graduated Cylinder:
Rio Tinto Hands-on Science Curriculum Team