Heavy and Light

  • objects of different weights
  • heavy
  • light

MA Standards:

English Language Arts/Language/L.PK.MA.1.g Use vocabulary in the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics pre-kindergarten standards to express concepts related to length, area, weight, capacity, and volume.
English Language Arts/Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners during daily routines and play.
Mathematics/Measurement and Data/PK.MD.MA.1 Recognize the attributes of length, area, weight, and capacity of everyday objects using appropriate vocabulary (e.g., long, short, tall heavy, lights, big, small, wide, narrow).

MA Draft STE Standards:

Physical Sciences/Matter and Its Interactions: Structure and Properties of Matter/PS1.A Describe, compare, sort and classify objects based on observable physical characteristics, uses, and whether it is manufactured as part of their classroom play and investigations of the natural and human-made world.

Head Start Outcomes:

Science Knowledge/Scientific Skills and Method Observes and discusses common properties, differences, and comparisons among objects.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

Mathematics/Patterns and Relations 8 Sort, categorize, or classify objects by more than one attribute.

Heavy and Light

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Skill Focus: Listening and Speaking, Compare, Sorting, Vocabulary

Set up two boxes: one labeled “Heavy” and one labeled “Light.” Have the materials children have been using during their explorations, such as balls, erasers, cubes, and tubes, on display for children. Help them sort the objects by weight. Review the terms heavy and light, and help children identify which box they should put the object into. Guide children to work in pairs to compare and discuss their observations and decide which box to place the object into.

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