The Case of the Pilfered Pin: A Measurement Inquiry Activity

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Who pilfered the pin? Scholars practice measurement skills as they solve the mystery of a stolen pin. They measure length, temperature, and mass and determine which of select suspects committed the crime. During the STEM hands-on activity, pupils practice making predictions, drawing conclusions, and measuring with accuracy.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Adapt to include other measurement skills such as measuring volume or density
  • Extend learning by having small groups write their own investigations using the same measurement techniques and have other groups work through them
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires some set up before activity
Pros

  • Interesting background story to engage learners
  • Has both math and science applications
Cons

  • None