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Meter Reading Master

Authored by STEMhero

30 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Engineering
Grade: 
6, 7, 8
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By now students have collected a drawing or photograph of the meter(s) they will be tracking. Getting an initial reading correct sets students up for being able to collect accurate and meaningful data. But, few of us are trained meter readers. Therefore, this mission provides students an interactive, and non-intimidating, way to learn make a first accurate reading of their unique meter. Students will be successful thanks to lots of examples, by working together with their peers, and even the ability to get their reading verified by an expert.

Key objectives for students
​​Students will learn how to accurately collect and verify data readings from their personal and/or school meters.
Secondary subjects
Mathematics, Science, Technology
Time Exercise Description
20 minutes Practice meter reading Break students into small groups to practice meter reading using handouts and/or the STEMhero Mission: Meter Reading Master
5 minutes Assign Homework​ Assign ​­ STEMhero Mission: Verify your meter reading
5 minutes Writing Prompt Student reflection: Teaching someone else to read a meter
Implementation

Practice meter reading in class to ease student anxiety and check for comprehension. Emphasis should be placed on the following key STEM skills:

  1. Students building confidence by focusing first on the task at hand ­­ just reading their personal meter, rather than trying to learn how to read every type of meter;
  2. Slowing down and following the step by step instructions to insure accurate readings, and confident reading of the meter.

Break students into small groups based on the principle type of meter they will be studying (water, gas, electricity). Then, within these groups, have the students gather together so that all students with digital meter faces are together, and all those with analog meter faces are together. Having small groups in which students are studying similar meters will help facilitate students helping each other to ensure they are reading the meters accurately, as well as builds a sense of shared experience ­­ “my meter looks like that too!” Have students write down and verify with classmates the meter reading shown in their Draw my Meter paper and/or in a photo they took of their meter.

For this activity, students should reference the following resources:

Reflection Questions

Writing prompt for student reflection: Teaching someone else to read a meter

It’s often said that you really know a skill when you can teach it to others. At this point do you think you could teach someone else to read your meter? What process would you use to go about teaching them? What do you anticipate they will think is confusing or easy about reading a meter?

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)