Measurement, the process of quantifying observations, is one of the cornerstones of science. Measurement compares nature – the unknown – to a standard unit – the known. Through such comparison, the organization of the world becomes more comprehensive. The FOSS Measurement Module consists of four investigations, each designed to emphasize a particular type of metric measurement – length, mass, temperature, and volume.
FOSS EXPECTS STUDENTS TO
- Understand the necessity for standard units of measurement.
- Develop an understanding and intuitive feel for the metric system.
- Measure length and distance in meters and centimeters with a meter tape.
- Measure mass in grams with a balance and mass pieces.
- Measure liquid volume and capacity of containers in liters and milliliters with 50-ml syringes and graduated cylinders.
- Measure temperature of liquids and air in degrees Celsius with a thermometer.
- Acquire the vocabulary associated with metric measurement.
- Exercise language and math skills in the context of metric measurement.
- Apply appropriate measuring skills in everyday situations.
- Develop and refine the manipulative skills required for making and using measuring tools.
- Use scientific thinking processes to conduct investigations and build explanations: observing, communicating, comparing, and organizing.
For a description of each investigation in the Measurement Module and the correlations to the National Science Education Standards, download the Module Overview PDF.
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