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Students multiply and divide numbers.  In this estimation games instructional activity, students compete with each other as they multiply and divide numbers.  They work with number sense and logic.  Students follow predetermined rules and try to become the first one to find answers in a certain range of numbers.
Students discuss and explore different methods that can be used to estimate from the video. They practice estimation skills by recreating a sample problem from the video. Web sites containing other estimation activities are included
Students use four different computer estimation applets with several classroom estimation activities.
Fourth graders view a variety of rice products and calculate their cost.  In this rice math lesson, 4th graders estimate cost and multiply to find 8 of each item. Students estimate using different amounts of rice products. Students calculate the amount of rice needed. Students complete an estimation activity independently. Students play a rice game.
Using a word problem, learners practice estimation techniques. After leading the class through a solution to this problem, a teacher could have the class complete other estimation activities using this one as a model.
Read this article before you begin teaching geometry! It gives teachers some insight into the world of teaching geometry to young learners, and four area and perimeter lessons are attached. 
Need a good lesson on estimation, and calculating monetary values? This is a lesson well-worth investigating. Separate your class into pairs in order to brainstorm the ways people use estimation in daily life. Then, each pair uses real-life menus from local restaurants to choose three meals that could be purchased for under $15.00. They must use estimation techniques, and no calculators, when considering their choices.
Students participate in an estimation activity to determine the length of a hallway or to estimate how many people can fit in the school stadium or gym.
Students explore the concept of counting, measuring, and estimating. In this counting, measuring, and estimating lesson, students use plastic links to count sets of links. Students measure their arms and legs using links.
Students investigate the formation of infrared images. In this physics lesson, students discuss the different application of infrared imaging technology. They compare this to images formed by visible light.
Students differentiate an infrared image from a visible light image. In this physics lesson, students explain how infrared camera works. They research an application of infrared technology and write a report about it.
Watch the damage from a forest fire in this interactive simulation activity that challenges learners to estimate the burn area using different approaches. Learners are given a worksheet to track the different burn patterns and practice estimating with actual numbers, fractions, and percentages. After the simulation, pass out follow-up questions that explore why we estimate in place of finding the exact answer. Learners will be able to use the tiny forest and the large forest to comprehend why estimating is beneficial for larger populations.  
Students practice estimating. In this estimation lesson, students read the book, A Chair For My Mother and discuss the jar of pennies in the story. Students use a real jar of pennies and estimate the amount of money that is in the jar. Students count the pennies.
Students use estimation to solve problems.  In this middle school mathematics lesson, students analyze picture of football stands to make estimates in attendance at the Super Bowl.  Students also make estimates about the television audience.  Students judge the reasonableness of their answers and explore the range of answers that might be considered correct. 
In this English Learners estimation worksheet, students review the word estimate when used as a verb and as a noun. Students then write N if estimate is used as a noun or V if it is used as a verb in the sentences. Students write two sentences about the picture and use estimate as a noun and verb in the sentences.
In this estimating products and quotients ELL worksheet, students review the terms estimate, overestimate, and underestimate. Students then rewrite each multiplication problem by rounding to the nearest 10, overestimating, and underestimating. Students then circle the estimate they think is closest to the answer.
Learners practice estimating by handling items in groups of ten. They visualize how much space 100 items, such as pennies, peas, or beans, will take up after holding 10 of them. Students measure the difference in volume between 10 and 100 of the item, and discuss regrouping. 
Learners explore the concept of estimation. In this estimation lesson, students create their own estimation jars and fill them with objects of their choice. Learners then count the exact number of objects and trade jars to repeat. 
In this estimation worksheet, students read a short scenario about buying insurance in a tornado prone area. Students answer estimation questions about replacing lost items and determining the cost of tornado insurance.
In this estimated or exact answers ELL worksheet, students complete each sentence by determining the estimated costs or exact costs for each given item. Students then circle the correct verb to finish the estimated cost sentences.

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