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๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒฐ๐ŸŒผFall Inspired Weighing Activity with โš–๏ธ Balance scales

Balancing Nature Finds with Balance Scales

We finally have preciseย balance scales with metal weights whichย have 0.2 g. sensitivity. Balanceย (or a pair of scales) uses a balance beam and compares masses by balancing the weight due to the mass of an object against the weight of a known mass or masses. Adrian will attempt to do both:

  • compare masses by balancing the weight of an object against the weight of a known mass (i.e. metal weights have its mass stated on them)
  • compare masses by balancing the weight of autumn objectsย against the weight of an UN-known mass: nature-objects on the other side of the scale.

DSC_0127Practicing the pincer grip.

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This activity is also a fun way to introduce ๐Ÿ”ขfact families: for example 50 gr on one side=20+10+10+5+5 gr.

DSC_0127After some trial and error, Adrian was able to use and balance all the metal weights:ย coming up with a combination that is not identical on each side.

DSC_0127Comparing masses by balancing the weight of known masses (metal weights).ย 

DSC_0149What about figuring outย how objects of unknown mass weight (pebbles or stones) canย come to equilibrium by having the scale precisely balanced?
DSC_0127Adrian then brought a basket of autumn objects he had collected during our nature walks. So, how about weighing nature-objects with balance scales?

DSC_0146Comparing masses by balancing the weight of objects against the weight of UN-known masses.ย 

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DSC_0149Still, the right scale outweighs the left.

DSC_0149ย  We need to add more to the left scale.

DSC_0146Done! Adrian finally found the precise balance.ย 

For more on Autumn-themed activities, read hereย a roundup of all the activities we have done during the month of ๐Ÿ‚September and ๐ŸŽƒOctober: over 20 of them! arranged by the area of study in the post “๐Ÿ‚Fall & ๐ŸŽƒHalloween Inspired Homeschooling 101 Unit Study.”

Also, you can readย more about our Montessori ๐ŸFall ๐ŸŽƒ Inspired Activities for Children (2016)”ย here.

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  • Reply Kristen January 30, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Where did you find your scale and weights? Love you website!

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