"The hands are the instruments of our intelligence." 

Eighth grade students in Ms. Angela Reinke’s science class had the opportunity today to use their hands to measure matter.

With partners, students rotated around the room through five lab stations.  In the first lab, students worked together to find the volume of irregular shaped objects, like batteries, Legos, binder clips, and marbles, recording starting and ending volumes to determine each object’s volume.  Next, students learned to read the volume of different colored liquids, being careful to read the water level at eye level so their measurements would be accurate.  At the third station, students practiced using spring scales to measure marbles, rocks, and cubes in bags.  Then they moved to a station where they used a tub of water to determine how each object’s density relates to its ability or inability to float in water.  Finally, they returned to their desks where they put their heads together to complete density practice problems.

Learning in Ms. Reinke’s science class is active and relevant.  Through collaboration and inquiry, students practically experienced how to measure matter.  Undoubtedly, hands-on learning is the best way to solidify thinking.