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Parts of a Meter

Authored by STEMhero

15 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Engineering
Grade: 
6, 7, 8
4
Average: 4 (2 votes)
About

By this point, students have determined at least one utility meter that they will track, whether that meter is at their home or school. Now, students will identify the parts of that meter so they have a shared vocabulary with other students, as they collaborate to record an accurate reading. A worksheet and video will teach the parts of the meter, and an interactive online quiz will verify learning.

Key objectives for students
​Students will follow multi step instructions to determine at least one utility meter that they will track, identify the parts of that meter, and preview the meter reading process.
Secondary subjects
Mathematics, Science, Technology
Time Exercise Description
5 minutes Check homework Check on the homework worksheet, Where’s my Meter?, to verify that every student was able to identify a meter to track.
5 minutes Discuss Discuss solutions to common issues
5 minutes Assign Homework​ Assign Online STEMhero Mission: Parts of the Meter
Implementation
  1. Check on the homework worksheet, Where’s my Meter?, to verify that every student was able to identify a meter to track. Suggested quick write prompt for student reflection: What was easy about finding and identifying your utility meters? What was challenging? Explain why and be specific to your experience with your utility meters.

  2. As a class, discuss solutions to common issues

    • Issue 1: I could not find a meter
      • Ask students who did find their meter to share where they found their meter.
    • Issue 2: I do not have a water meter
      • Some students may not have access to a water meter because their home uses water from a well that is not metered, or they live in a multifamily building where the water meter is located in a place that tenants cannot access.
      • Students without a water meter can track their home’s electricity or gas meter
      • Students without access to any meters will fully participate through by receiving the virtual water meter handout
  3. Assign Homework: Online STEMhero Mission: Parts of the Meter -- This online mission Introduces students to taking meter readings, the student meter command center, and the parts of the meter. The tutorial finishes by asking students to predict how their home compares in terms of water consumption: less, the same, or more than the “average home.

    • Note: This assignment is an online activity. Review with your students options for when and how they can access the internet, and the steps to complete missions on STEMhero.org.
Standards assessment

The Stage 1: Identify and read real data sources module overall is aligned with the following standards:

  • CCSS ELA-­Literacy.RST (6­8.3-6­8.4); ISTE: (3, 3b, 6, 6a)

Comments

Susan Richardson's picture
Wed, 09/06/2017 - 19:18

Susan Richardson

Pro Reviewer
0

Worksheet is easily read.

Susan Richardson's picture
Wed, 09/06/2017 - 19:22

Susan Richardson

Pro Reviewer
4

I like the discussion on homework; I feel getting the students to each access the website might be difficult, but I could use a smart board or projector to do as a whole class online activity. Then scan and do first few meter faces as a guided practice, leaving students to complete remaining portion of worksheet(s) independently (or with a partner).

Susan Richardson's picture
Wed, 09/06/2017 - 19:23

Susan Richardson

Pro Reviewer
4

Also can use in an ELPs class (bilingual, or ESL).