Resource 2: Pupil instructions for estimating and comparing weights

Teacher resource for planning or adapting to use with pupils

One member of the group picks up and feels the weight of two objects, e.g. a stone and a bean, one after the other. Which feels heavier? Complete the table below.

2.Another member now uses the balance to compare the weights and completes the table.

3.Repeat this for all the objects, comparing two objects at a time, allowing each member of the group to participate.

4. Pin your table on the wall and look at each other’s results.

ObjectsWhich feels heavierWhich weighs heavier on the balance
the ball and a beanthe ballthe ball
a bean and a stonethe stonethe bean
a bean bag and a stone

Resource 1: Simple balance

Resource 3: Pupil instructions for weighing activity