Brief DescriptionStudents measure the weight of a container of leaves daily to discover how quickly it grows lighter as the foliage dries.
Keywordsfall, leaf, leaves, weigh, weight, measure, measurement, graph, September, photosynthesis, autumn
Visit Leaf Math and scroll down to "Leaf Weight-Loss Plan." In this simple lesson, students gather freshly fallen leaves and weigh them with a balance or scale. Each day, measurements are taken to track the weight loss of the leaves as they dry in the classroom. See suggestions and variations for this activity as well as other great leaf lessons in the Fall Math Idea Bank.
Teachers may observe students as they work, and student graphs might be collected and evaluated for accuracy.Lesson Plan Source
NM-MEA.3-5.1 Understand Measurable Attributes of Objects and the Units, Systems, and Processes of Measurement
NM-MEA.3-5.2 Apply Appropriate Techniques, Tools, and Formulas to Determine Measurements
MATHEMATICS: Data Analysis and Probability
NM-DATA.3-5.1 Formulate Questions That Can Be Addressed With Data and Collect, Organize, and Display Relevant Data to Answer
NM-DATA.3-5.2 Select and Use Appropriate Statistical Methods to Analyze Data
NM-DATA.3-5.3 Develop and Evaluate Inferences and Predictions That Are Based on Data
NM-GEO.3-5.2 Specify Locations and Describe Spatial Relationships Using Coordinate Geometry and Other Representational Systems
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Originally published 09/20/2002
Links last updated 09/01/2006