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Students practice measuring different objects using non-standard measurement tools. Non-standard measurement is the use of items as measurement tools that are not uniform in size. Using fingers to measure something is an example of non-standard measurement.
Students use the motion probe technique for measuring different types of length, including distance and Students height. Traditional measuring tools, meter stick and other sized rulers are used as a comparison. They worked in groups of 4. The traditional measuring took place first followed by motion probe measuring.
Students complete a webquest in which they explore measurement tools and techniques. After taking measurements on various objects, they compare their results to the measurements they make with rulers. They also watch a short video and complete a worksheet to end the lesson.
Third graders measure in multiples of inches. In this measurement lesson, 3rd graders employ a variety of strategies to measure several items in inches.
Students study the law of sine and cosine. For this pre-calculus lesson, students create a triangle and identify the different ratios of a non-right triangle. They use the properties of sine and cosine to solve.
Which of these is the best tool for the job? Learners examine a measurement scenario and determine which of five tools would be the right choice. There is only one problem, and the instructional activity includes pictures. Because the answer is explained below, consider projecting this as a whole-class warm up, revealing the answer only after listening to the class' responses.
Students discuss the word weight, how much they weigh and the conccept of heavy and light. They hear the story of measurement and the metric system. They work in groups and measure and record items found in the classroom and use a variety of measuring tools.
Second graders determine and compare weights and volumes of popped and unpopped corn to make predictions and solve problems. Students combine the data of each group into a graph. They construct questions, statements and story problems for the data.
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.
Students explore geometry by utilizing measurement tools. In this measurements lesson, students identify the different forms of measurements such as time, temperature, capacity and length. Students utilize rulers, weights and clocks to measure a number of different objects over the course of several days, documenting their work with a camera.
Students investigate points and angle bisectors. In this geometry lesson, students define angles, bisectors and perpendicular bisectors. They analyze angles and bisectors using Cabri software.
Students read several story books that use non-standard measurement such as in the book How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Myller. They simulate these measuring methods and find that each student has a different result. Then they discuss and use standard measurement techniques.
Students review measuring and estimating lengths and the different ways of measuring lengths. Next students estimate the measurement of objects in the classroom in feet and inches. They then use tools to measure objects to see how close their estimation was. Finally, while working in teams, they use an activity sheet to answer questions and convert their answers to the metric system.
Students build tools to help track the weather. For this weather lesson, students follow directions to build a rain gauge, barometer and hair hygrometer.
Students examine the ruler as a measurement tool. They investigate the worldwide popularity of the metric system and practice its application. They measure objects around school in both metric and standard scales.
Fifth graders work on the concepts of volume and surface area. They use nets (flat surfaces designed so that they can be folded into a three dimensional shape) as a measurement tool. Using their knowledge of the area of the individual sections of the net, they are able to determine the surface area and volume of this three dimensional shape.
Have your class practice measuring the perimeter of various objects using this resource. Fifth graders place various-sized polygons in order (from largest to smallest). They use non-standard measuring tools to estimate the distance around objects. Then, they record their findings using a table. Finally, they make predictions about the perimeter of an object and use a ruler to determine the perimeter.
Young scholars determine the circumference of a pumpkin. In this measurement lesson plan, students estimate the circumference of a pumpkin using pieces of yarn which they compare to those of their classmates. They watch as the teacher takes an actual measurement with a piece of ribbon around a pumpkin before they compare their yarn to the ribbon. They complete a worksheet with a teammate while measuring other classroom objects.
Students make scale drawings of their bodies.  In this making scale drawings of their bodies lesson, students trace their bodies on butcher paper.  Students sketch a half-sized version of themselves.  Students record their measurements of the full size and half size body sketches.  Students use ratios and proportions to see how close the half size sketch is to half size.
Young scholars create their own barometer, precipitation, rain gauge, anemometer, and more with their weather stations. In this weather station lesson plan, students access on line websites on how to make their own weather tools.

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