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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.
Eighth graders examine how to estimate and measure length, capacity, weight, and temperature to the assigned degree of accuracy. They participate in direct and guided instruction to determine the appropriate degrees of accuracy to use for measuring. They complete multiple choice questions to review the appropriate degrees to use.
Students create and give oral proposals for the construction of a gazebo using a blueprint created with Geometer's Sketchpad. They then build a gazebo model using the blueprints created and provide evidence why it should be selected for construction in 8th grade. Students in 8th grade construct the gazebo based on the selected model.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.