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Teeter Tottering - Balance

Teacher Notes

Presented with a picture of two animals on a teeter totter, students identify the animal that is heavier, lighter or decide if the two animals weigh the same. They describe how they figured it out from the picture of the teeter totter. Teacher questioning uses the following format:

1. Look at the picture.

Tell me what you see.

2. Verify that students are correctly identifying the animals by having them point to the figures after they are named.

3. Present the question:

Who weighs more?/Who is heavier?

Who weighs less?/Who is lighter?

Do they weigh the same?

4. Request a description of the decision making process, “How can you tell from the picture?”

Teeter Tottering 1

Teacher Questions

1. Look at the picture.

What do you see?

(2 animals on a teeter totter: a rabbit and a kitty.)

2. Point to Katey the Kitty.

(Good)

3. Point to Robbie the Rabbit.

(Good)

4. Who is heavier?

(Robbie)

5. How can you tell from the picture?

(The rabbit’s side is lower because he weighs more.)

Teeter Tottering 2

Teacher Questions

1. Look at the picture.

What do you see?

(2 animals on a teeter totter: a squirrel and a rabbit.)

2. Point to Sam the Squirrel.

(Good)

3. Point to Robbie the Rabbit.

(Good)

4. They weigh the same. How can you tell from the picture?

(The teeter totter is level.)

Teeter Tottering 3

Teacher Questions

1. Look at the picture.

What do you see?

(2 animals on a teeter totter: a giraffe and a lion.)

2. Point to Geoffrey the Giraffe.

(Good)

3. Point to Lester the Lion.

(Good)

4. Who weighs more?

(Geoffrey the Giraffe)

How can you tell from the picture?

(The giraffe’s side is lower because he weighs more.)

5. Who weighs less?

(Lester the Lion)

How can you tell from the picture?

(The lion’s side is higher because he weighs less.)

Teeter Tottering 4

Teacher Questions

1. Look at the picture.

What do you see?

(2 animals on a teeter totter: an otter and a camel.)

2. Point to Orly the Otter.

(Good)

3. Point to Cassie the Camel.

(Good)

4. Who weighs more?/Who is heavier?

(Cassie the Camel)

How can you tell from the picture?

(Cassie is at the bottom of the teeter totter.)

5. Who weighs less?/Who is lighter?

(Orly the Otter)

How can you tell from the picture?

(Orly is at the top of the teeter totter.)

Teeter Tottering 5

Teacher Questions

1. Look at the picture.

What do you see?

(2 animals on a teeter totter: a baby elephant and a donkey.)

2. Point to Ellie the Elephant.

(Good)

3. Point to Derrick the Donkey.

(Good)

4. They weigh the same. How can you tell from the picture?

(The teeter totter is level.)

Teeter Tottering 6

Teacher Questions

1. Look at the picture.

What do you see?

(2 animals on a teeter totter: a hippopotamus and an aardvark.)

2. Point to Harry the Hippopotamus.

(Good)

3. Point to Andrea the Aardvark.

(Good)

4. Who weighs less?/Who is lighter?

(Andrea the Aardvark)

How can you tell from the picture?

(The aardvark is at the top of the teeter totter.)

5. Who weighs more?/Who is heavier?

(Harry the Hippopotamus)

How can you tell from the picture?

(The hippopotamus is at the bottom of the teeter totter.)

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