Cake vs. Cupcake
This worksheet depicts a simple two-pan balance scale with two boxes above it, one on each side, awaiting categorization of objects as “HEAVY” or “LIGHT.” Below the balance scale are images of a cupcake and a pie, each within a dashed box indicating they are to be cut out. Students must decide which box to place each dessert in, based on their assessment of whether the item is heavy or light. The task requires students to think about the relative weight of objects, even when those objects are depicted in an abstract form on paper.
The worksheet aims to teach students the concept of weight by having them classify objects according to perceived heaviness. It encourages analytical thinking by requiring students to use their judgment and experience to categorize the objects. The exercise also helps to develop fine motor skills through the action of cutting and pasting. Additionally, it introduces students to the idea of balance and the comparative nature of weight, which are fundamental concepts in physics and measurement.