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Dutch Broadway students look for balance

Sixth-graders in Staney Jacob’s class at Dutch Broadway School evaluated the relationship between shapes and weight during a recent science lesson.

The students began by using their tablets to scan a QR code provided by their teacher that brought them to a pan balance activity on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics website. The activity directed students to drag objects onto a virtual pan balance to determine which created an equal weight on both sides of the scale. Students then reviewed the parts of a pan balance and identified that two paper clips were equivalent to one gram.  

Once they made certain their own pan balance scales were perfectly balanced, students, who worked together in groups, participated in a Science A-Z experiment. Using paper clips, a roll of tape, a highlighter, a glue stick, a crayon and some other small school items, they calculated the relationships between the objects. For example, one group identified that 43 paper clips were equivalent to the weight of one glue stick.

Ms. Jacobs said the lesson is just one of many Project-Based Learning activities the students will engage in as they prepare to take part in their first-ever digital science fair. Project-Based Learning is a teaching method where students gain knowledge and skills to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem or challenge over an extended period of time.

    

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  1. Dutch Broadway School student Khalil Muhammad used his tablet during a virtual pan balance lesson in science.

Dutch Broadway students look for balance

2. Dutch Broadway School sixth-grader Daanley Desmarais reviewed the pan balance activity on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics website.

Dutch Broadway students look for balance

3. Dutch Broadway School student Esham Shahzad felt the weight of her group’s glue stick before placing it on the pan balance scale.

Dutch Broadway students look for balance

4. Dutch Broadway School students Jaeda Patrick (left) and Claudia Castillo counted out paper clips to see how many would equal to the weight of a glue stick.

Dutch Broadway students look for balance

5. Dutch Broadway School sixth-graders Nicole Ramkissoon, Cameron Cox and Ebubenna Nwabudu took turns counting paper clips during the lesson.

Dutch Broadway students look for balance