Measuring Up

Course 1 of 6 in Good Science Series

Smart Peg Lab


Having strong measurement skills is good science. Learn how to tell whether measurements are accurate and precise. Put your skills to work in some measurement challenges and see how you measure up!

Course Information


By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

» use tools to measure time, length, mass, and volume 

» record measurement data using appropriate units

» evaluate whether measurements are accurate and precise

Supplies Needed:

» pencil or pen

» science journal

» 3 same-size balls

» basket or container

» tape

» ruler or measuring tape (centimeters)

» banana

» toothpick

» timer

» kitchen scale

» 6 same-size clear containers

» measuring cup (milliliters)

» red, yellow, and blue food dye

» water

» stir stick

» eye dropper or pipette optional 

Suggested Pacing:

Day 1 –  Getting Started and gather the Supplies Needed
Day 2 –
The Investigation a – b
Day 3 –
The Investigation c
Day 4 –
The Investigation de
Day 5 –
What’s Next?

NGSS Standards:

Science & Engineering Practices (SEP)

» Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking (Grades K-2, 3-5 and MS)

  • Before starting this course you must complete the required prerequisite course: Smart Peg Safety