Estimation Teacher Resources
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Students multiply and divide numbers. In this estimation games lesson, 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.
How Many Lemons Does It Take?
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
Estimation Lesson Plan
Students use four different computer estimation applets with several classroom estimation activities.
Area and Perimeter Activities
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.
Finding Your Stride Length
Young scholars 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.
Learning with Links
Students explore the concept of counting, measuring, and estimating. In this counting, measuring, and estimating activity, students use plastic links to count sets of links. Students measure their arms and legs using links.
Exploring Infrared Image Technology
Students investigate the formation of infrared images. In this physics lesson plan, students discuss the different application of infrared imaging technology. They compare this to images formed by visible light.
Dinner in the Dark
Young scholars 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.
Surveys and Estimating Large Quantities
Looking for an estimation activity a bit more involved than the typical "guess the number of jellybeans in the jar" game? Here, learners use a picture to estimate the number of people at a large event, look for potential problems with surveys, and use HTML codes to estimate the number of pages on the web. It can easily be adapted to accommodate other grade levels. Part of the activity requires Internet access and knowledge of Python 2.7 or Sage.
Sizing Up Species: Measurement Activities
Measurement devices can be used to determine the height, length, or weight of all kinds of things, even plants and animals. This presentation acts as the basis for two estimation activities. Each activity requires the children to estimate the height or length of an animal and then goes over the process of checking to see if their estimates were correct. The instructions for creating a measurement chart on the wall and on the floor are included.
If You Give...Series Teaching Guide
If you give teachers a few good ideas, they can really bring a story to life. Included in this resource are dozens of activities to use as your class reads books in the If You Give... series. From holding puppet shows and creating comic strips, to building kites and baking cookies, there are more than enough ideas to engage your class in the reading of these entertaining stories. Though not a complete lesson or curriculum, these ideas can be used to supplement your teaching of the literary concepts found in these books.
How Big is the Playground: Creating a Map
Students create a topographical map of an area outside of the school. In this mapping lesson, students compile data on angles, distances, and key landmarks for a predetermined area on the school grounds to create a map using Geometer's Sketchpad.
How Big Is The Playground?
Learners calculate the standard and metric measurements of a playground. In this measurement lesson plan, students use GPS coordinates and graphing calculators to determine the dimensions of an area outside of the school in both standard and metric measurements. Learners record the information gathered on a Data Sheet.
The Price is Right
Go on a shopping trip to practice estimation, price value, and shopping skills. The class heads off to the market to purchase several items for the activity. While they are there, they discuss the cost of various foods and even compareprice to size in order to determine the best value. They return to class and play an estimation game using their purchases. Tip: Set up a class store to provide additional practice.
Rounding and Estimating 1: Introduction
Pupils practice mental math skills in math drills. They play the online interactive game "Rounding Off" to practice rounding off different numbers. Afterward, they complete a paper based follow up exercise for reinforcement.
Do You Measure Up?
Learners participate in a variety of technology-rich activities with the common goal of strengthening the understanding of measuring angles. They participate in a kinesthetic activity and use both hand-held and virtual protractors.
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.
Laura Joffe Numeroff "If You Give..." Book Activities
Have learners choose activities to complete based on the books by Laura Joffe Numeroff. They are introduced to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and the other books in this series through prereading activities. They then construct a portfolio filled with activities they have chosen and completed. Lesson includes 15 interdisciplinary activities that can be used.
Let's Go Shopping: Estimation At The Mall
Students estimate the total cost of a shopping trip. In this estimation instructional activity, students use three different techniques to estimate how much a shopping trip will cost.
Water: From Neglect to Respect
The goal of this collection of lessons is to make middle schoolers more aware of the ways in which they are dependent upon water to maintain their standard of living. Learners compare water use in Lesotho to water use in the United States, and engage in writing, graphing, and estimation activities around the topic. An outstanding resource, with some great handouts embedded in the plan.