Children as young as preschool ages can learn the meaning of this trait. They can learn to say the word, too. In fact, young children delight in learning to accurately repeat words that are almost too big for them.
Introduce your lesson by teaching children to say equitableness. Break the word into syllables. Have the children repeat after you, saying it slowly and distinctly. Try having each syllable repeated by a different group of children. Have a different child say each syllable.
Exercise equitableness in this!
Display a scale. The best kind is a balance scale – the kind pictured when we illustrate the court justice system. However, you can use a regular bathroom scale, baby scale, postage scale, kitchen scale, or meat scale if a balance scale is not available.
With your scale, display a number of items, each of which weighs the same. Select items that are different in type:
• 5 pounds of candy
• 5 pounds of cotton
• 5 pounds of feathers
• 5 pounds of flour
• 5 pounds of paper
• 5 pounds of peanuts
• 5 pounds of rocks
Let the children identify their favorites. Guess what the scale will do. Involve the children in stating assumptions about what will happen.
Set up an hypothesis. Ask the children, “If I said I would give you the one that is the heaviest, what might you do? What if I said I would give you the one that is the lightest?
Do you think the scale will have a favorite? Will the scale be fair and weigh each one just as carefully as the others?”
Involve the children in weighing each object. If you are using a bathroom scale, you can ensure accuracy by placing on the scale a weight to which you will add the 5 pound item – or you may stand on the scale, have children hand the items to you one at a time, and record the weight.
If you are using a balance scale, let the children help add weight to the opposite side of the balance to see that it takes the same amount each time.
Teach the children that the scale is showing the character trait they are learning: equitableness.
When you place feathers on the scale, it does not show lighter weight because feathers are soft. When you place candy on the scale, it does not show heavier weight because candy is sweet.
Feathers or candy, five pounds is five pounds. The scale treats every object fairly and with balance.
Apply the lesson to everyday life.
Teach the children to be like little scales as they interact with others, weighing everyone with the same, unchanging justice.
Reinforce with our equitableness scale craft. Use the search box above to find the craft.