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Young scientists grab their measuring tapes, rulers, and yard sticks as they see how big Arctic animals really are. To conceptualize the trait of height or length, each small group will measure out the entire length of an arctic animal. They line animal pictures up to show how they compare from smallest to largest. It's a good lesson that combines measurement, data collection, comparative analysis, and Arctic animals.
After viewing a short video about a climb up Mount Everest, high schoolers read about triangulation for measuring distant elevations. Have your class work in groups to construct an inclinometer and then use it to measure the height of three schoolyard trees. The video makes for a fascinating anticipatory set to practicing the triangulation technique.
An all-encompassing package provides video clips that demonstrate real-world activities that have to do with angles. After watching the Cyberchase cartoons, learners discuss why a "v" shape is used to measure a turn. A pair of vital worksheets and different-leveled assessments are provided through embedded links. You will appreciate this comprehensive lesson and the support it provides!
Data collection and interpretation is a big part of math as well as science. Get kids into graphing with a hands-on activity where butterflies are the main attraction. The class reviews everything they know about the monarch life cycle, migration, and the characteristics of monarch larvae. Each child measures a monarch caterpillar, records his findings, and then uses the data to create a class distribution chart. Multiplication, metric measurement, and the life cycle; sounds like a winning combination!
Kindergartners measure the lengths of common classroom objects. They use standard and non-standard measures. The little ones should love this lesson because they get to use tape measures, rulers, yardsticks, scales, clocks, calendars, and thermometers. After listening to the book Twelve Snails to One Lizard, youngsters get into groups and practice using their tools of measurement. The lesson will require quite a bit of parental, teacher, or big buddy help in order for it to be a success.
A terrific lesson focused on the design process. It begins with a presentation, "Design: Solve a Problem," which lists the steps of the process and then introduces the specific challenge: to build a device that measures wind speed. Cooperative groups come up with several suggested methods that meet the specific criteria. They choose one possibility and test it. Teacher tips, student worksheets, an answer key, and the PowerPoint are all provided
Fourth graders use pattern blocks to explore areas of polygons. They explain that the answers to the area of the same polygon vary according to the units of measurement used. They visualize how different units of measurement can be used to measure the same area, and how the unit used will change the answer but not the area.
Here is a well-designed activity on common standards of measurement for your young mathematicians. In it, learners calculate measurements in standard and non-standard units. They make predictions, record data, and construct and design graphs to show their results. Worksheets are embedded in this very complete plan.
Mini mathematicians measure the same distances as in a previous lesson plan using an outline cutout of their foot. This enables pupils to practice using nonstandard units and to compare the measurement totals using their feet and the teacher's foot. Two excellent worksheets are included in this plan.
Why do we need standard measurement? Youngsters will listen to How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Myller, compare family member footprints cut out of paper, and conclude why standard measurement is important. They will also participate in a hands-on investigation of a variety of common measuring tools.
Accuracy v. precision! A very interesting slideshow for a concept that is important but not always covered. Dart boards and golf greens are shown with many examples of darts and bills that show how results can be either accurate or precise, both or neither. Ways to mathematically determine if experimental results are significant are shown and then your class will look at the different types of measuring equipment and assess how to improve their results and best state their calculations.
Four fabulous worksheets are included in this resource, all having to do with the measurement of angles. On the first, anglers will use a protractor to determine the degrees of 10 different angles. An arc is drawn on each. On the second, six triangles are depicted for which learners measure various angles. Finally, six 360-degree circles are printed, and geometers are instructed to divide it into a designated number of sections using a protractor. A nifty handout follows that provides useful information about angles and the use of a protractor.
Collaborative groups work with geometry manipulatives to investigate conjectures about angles. They create a graphic organizer to use in summarizing relationships among angles in intersecting, perpendicular and parallel lines cut by a transversal. This sharp lesson plan gets the class to investigate a real-world situation requiring finding an angle that cannot be measured directly.
After considering the importance of scale, microbiologists measure the field of view for the 40X and 100X objectives of a compound light microscope. With this information, they calculate the size of a paramecium and a corn stem cell. They also calculate the field of view for the high power objective so that they can use it to determine size. Because of the math and cognitive ability required, the lesson is geared toward high school biology scholars. A well-written lab sheet is provided.
How is the magnitude of an earthquake measured? How is the intensity of an earthquake measured? What is amplitude in relation to an earthquake? In what country was the largest magnitude earthquake? There is a wealth of information about earthquakes and your learners will definitely want to use their calculators to figure out the answer to some of the questions. It might take more than one class period to cover all the material.
Comparatively speaking, does a bug travel farther than a human in 10 seconds? Get a bug and measure how far it travels in 10 seconds. Have a human team member run for 10 seconds and calculate the distance ran. Answer the question,"Who travels farther?" by calculating and graphing the results.
Cereal boxes, food cans, and a great set of worksheets enable learners to practice measuring surface area and volume. They collect data and experiment with a variety of rectangular prisms and cylinders commonly found in the recycle bin. If the cereal boxes do not have fractional edge lengths, provide a few for learners to use in calculating volumes so that the instructional activity will be adapted to meet CCSS.Math.Content.6.G.2.
Learners investigate the importance of accurate measurements. In this sixth through eighth grade geometry lesson, students view Measure for Measure: Lengths and Heights as they explore the history of measurement. Learners use their own feet as a standard measure and then measure and compare distances.