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May 01, 2014

Weights and Measures

Grade Level:



In this lesson, students will come to understand why having common weights and measures, imposed and enforced by the government, is important in day-to-day life. They will discuss how weights and measures permeate the sciences, industry, and commerce, discovering the importance of such standards in their own lives. In the process, students will identify concepts underlying the need for weights and measures, such as private property and fair treatment under the law. 


Time needed:

1 class period


Materials required:

Weights and Measures Lesson Plan and Activities Sheet


National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies:

Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance

Theme 7: Production, Distribution, and Consumption

Theme 8: Science, Technology, and Society

Theme 10: Civic Ideals and Practices