We are quite on our way with our science! We are using the National Geographic science kits we adopted a few years ago. I like them a lot, but I personally think there is not enough content to each lesson, so I add my own things in. I also have my kiddos notebook when ever we can and this lesson about properties was perfect!
We were looking at how scientists (and mathematicians too!) use non-standard items (unifix cubes in this case) to measure objects. We first predicted how long we thought the object would be. I placed one cube at the end of each object and we made our estimates from there. We then went back to the next column and collected the actual amount.
We also talked about how we know when to round up to the next cube and when its fine to call the object even with the cubes.
I created this recording sheet for my kiddos to take notes on as we went (setting them up to do this on their own in a few months!!). They sat on the floor with their papers on their clipboards while I had each of the objects up on my visual presenter. I wanted to demonstrate how we measure before turning it over to them.