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Measurement . Soaking Sponges. Essential Question. How much water can a dry sponge soak up?. Something to Wonder About. Sponges are used to soak up spills, and I’m wondering just how much they can soak up compared to how much the sponge itself weighs.

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**Measurement**Soaking Sponges SMI2P3**Essential Question**• How much water can a dry sponge soak up? SMI2P3**Something to Wonder About**• Sponges are used to soak up spills, and I’m wondering just how much they can soak up compared to how much the sponge itself weighs. • In other words, I would like to compare the mass of the sponge to the mass of the water it can pick up. SMI2P3**Task**• How could you find out how much water this dry sponge can soak up? • Talk in your groups and plan how to use the balance to answer the question. • Recorders are to record the plan on a piece of paper. Getters give each person a piece of white scrap paper. SMI2P3**Task**• When I see your plan I will have the getters get the materials. SMI2P3**Drawing Conclusions**• Mass of Mass of • Group Sponge Water • 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 SMI2P3**Essential Question**• How much water can a dry sponge soak up? • A dry sponge can soak up eight to ten times its mass in water. SMI2P3

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