EngageNY 60 min(s)

This lesson introduces students to metric weight measured in kilograms and grams. Students learn to use digital scales as they explore these weights. They begin by holding a kilogram weight to get a sense of its weight. Then, groups of students work with scales to add rice to clear plastic zippered bags until the bags reach a weight of 1 kilogram. Once the bags reach that weight, students decompose a kilogram using ten-frames. Students then relate the decomposition of a kilogram to place value and the base ten system.