I’ll start the unit with an explanation of the difference between mass and weight. I created a worksheet that explains how to calculate your weight on other planets which is kind of fun.
One of the trickiest things to teach in mass is measuring mass of different things. It’s easy to find the mass of a solid object but much harder to find the mass of a liquid or powder so I wrote labs to practice these skills.
Volume can be calculated if the object is a regular rectangular prism or other geometric figure, so I threw in a page of practicing length x width x height. And measuring volume of liquids is pretty easy for students to learn, but it’s much harder to use the displacement method to measure the volume of irregular solids. I included a worksheet for each of those skills. Finally, I wrote a lab measuring volume of liquids, regular solids, and irregular solids.
My name is Jayzee I have been teaching science for more than 30 years. I spent a few years teaching 6th grade earth science, a few years teaching 10th grade biology, another few years teaching 11th grade chemistry, a dozen or so years teaching 7th grade life science and 8th grade physical/chemical science, and a few years teaching 12th grade electives including anatomy and physiology, weather, astronomy, and earth science. Most of this was in 1 district although I have moved once or twice to climb the salary ladder.
What am I doing here?
Because teaching is very isolating if you let it be. There are days when talking to nothing but teenagers changes the way you think. When I start to think that posting videos on TikTok is a great idea or that the new SnapChat filter is cool, I know it’s time to reach out to my amazing coworkers for some adult time.
Every good idea, in teaching and otherwise, is better when it’s shared. If I have a great idea for the classroom and I use it with my 90 students, the world is a better place for those 90 students. But if I share it with 10 other teachers? Well, you can do the math.
I absolutely love what I do, and I wouldn’t quit even if I won the lottery.
This has been my mantra for the 30+ years I’ve been in the classroom, and I hope it remains my mantra until I retire.
And it’s true. I love engaging the kids, crafting new lessons, watching the lightbulbs brighten.
So please let me know I’m not just writing thing into a void! (Although, to be honest, talking to oneself is still better than not talking.) I’d love a comment or an email at JustAddH2OTeacher@gmail.com.