Each year I teach sixth graders to use a triple beam balance and to weigh in grams. We practice weighing several items and then I ask them to bring in a favorite snack or drink--candy bar, granola bar, can of Pepsi, etc. We check the grams of sugar in the item and then weight that amount of actual sugar on the balance. Students are amazed at the amount of sugar in a can of soda. Post the can or wrapper on a poster and add the bagged sugar underneath. One lesson--science, math, and nutrition.
Students measure in metric--grams.
Students use a new science tool--a balance.
Students visually see the amount of sugar in favorite snacks. We discuss that this doesn\'t mean they can never have their favorite snack, but they do need to limit how often they eat it and plan healthy foods around their snack.
Students share their information with posters for other students.
triple beam balance
snack cans and wrappers