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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.
Second graders explore estimation and measurement. In this estimation and measurement lesson, 2nd graders use footsteps to measure distances around the classroom. Students sing songs to measure the number of beats from one area to the next. Students then use measuring devices to measure the actual distance.
Learners participate in a Metric Olympics event and use metric measurements to measure actual performances in their events. They throw a plastic straw for a javelin event, participate in a long jump and high jump event, and a variety of other measurement events. Students then calculate the average performance for each event.
First graders listen to the book Inch By Inch by Lionni as a introduction to this instructional activity on measuring with non-standard measurement systems. Students list objects available in the classroom to use as a measuring tool. Students use non-standard measurement tools to measure common objects.
Fifth graders study measurement conversions in hands-on activities. In this measurement conversions lesson, 5th graders create a KWL chart about measuring liquids. Students participate in hands on activities using liquid measurements. Students create conversion tables and use them to complete the Customary Measurement Conversions.
Third graders learn about the Metric system and the English measurement system and compare the differences between them. They then use a student form to build a rocket with simple supplies in the classroom and take their activity to the gym or outside to record distance.
Students explore measuring tools by calculating heights and lengths of random objects. In this distance measurement lesson, students utilize the Internet service MapQuest to measure the distance between their current towns and many other popular destinations. Students discuss the massive heights of tsunamis and utilize many distance related vocabulary terms.
Seventh graders use polygons to create scale drawings on quarter-inch grid paper, while making conversions within the same measurement system. They focus on how the length of the sides of the original figure relates to the length of the second figure and determine an appropriate scale factor for their drawings.
Third graders listen to the book, INCH BY INCH by Leo Lionni as a set up for the math lesson on measuring with non-standard measurement systems. They discuss other objects that could be used to measure with such as: licorice sticks, shoe strings, erasers, barrettes, tongue depressors, popsicle sticks, plastic teddy bears, etc.