Measurement Teacher Resources
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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.
Students identify the characteristics of aerosols. Using remote sensing, they participate in an experiment in which they determine how the sun's radiation and elements in the atmosphere interact with one another. They also research the types of tools NASA uses to measure the particles in the atmosphere.
Students research the history of measurement in this lesson. They compare todays units of measurement to historical units of measurement. For example, they weigh themselves on a bathroom scale and figure out how many of them it would take to equal the weight of a 763 pound steer.
Pupils explore how and why SABER remotely senses our Earth. Students distinguish between Visible and Infrared light. Pupils explain how the SABER instrument measures the Lower Ionosphere. Students measure various objects and conditions in the classroom or outside in the school yard. Pupils describe the difference between hot and cold.
Students demonstrate measurement of the trunk, crown, and height using vertical and horizontal measurement. Compare results with other groups. Create a graph of their findings for the trunk, crown, and height of the tree. D
Learners line themselves up from smallest to tallest at the chalkboard with the teacher marking their heights. After recording their names on the board next to their mark, they work with a partner to measure their height using several pieces of yarn cut in 1 foot increments. They record their height and determine if they are still in order from smallest to tallest. The class discuss proper measurement techniques and how it applies to their activity.
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.
Have fun with Jack and his beanstalk! Primary learners will practice skills at various activity centers, including: weight measurement, money, art, nonstandard length measurement, problem solving, music, reading, and writing. Every activity ties into the story.
Hold your horses! Young learners discover the history behind measuring the height of horses "by hands." They also study the history of Oklahoma, and how horses played such an important role in settling the state. An excellent worksheet which invites them to measure a horse using the hands method is present. Additionally, they take turns measuring each other using the same technique.
Young geometers explore relationships between units of measure and objects. Three activities provide varied opportunities to practice. Learners calculate the volume of two cylinders made by rolling a piece of paper vertically and horizontally (noting two different volumes with the same surface area). They design hexagons on graph paper. And they estimate the length and width of an egg, measure with calipers, plot dimensions on a scatter plot, and more.
Through a series of worksheets, mathematicians practice with various concepts of measurement. Conveniently, the 6 pages are easily broken up for individual assignments, and seem to progress in difficulty. Math concepts include drawing and measuring lines and items, estimating measurement, converting units, comparing fractions, units of mass and volume, metric system prefixes, and converting between metric and customary units. The pages are nicely laid out for visual learners.
An interactive assignment displays two example angles to teach how to measure them. When you click on the angles, a protractor appears! As practice, learners view a set of angles, estimate the size of each, and then enter the degrees in the corresponding boxes. This is a neat lesson to incorporate the use of technology with your math curriculum.
How do you measure the height of really tall building? Using similar triangles, and proportions, young geometers try to determine the height of a nearby building. Then they explore the concept of a geometric mean and how it relates to their measurements.
Have your class practice measuring with standard and nonstandard tools. Primary learners use software and books to learn about measurement. They measure a variety of objects using nonstandard tools. Then, they use standard measurement tools to measure objects.
Elementary schoolers examine the uses of rulers, scales, and measuring cups. They determine the criteria for the use of each tool and visit different areas of school to find items that can be measured with these tools. Everyone takes pictures of the items with a digital camera, and responds to an evaluation PowerPoint that highlights the pictures.
Learners demonstrate their understanding of equivalent measures. They work in a group and label various measuring tools for weight, length, capacity, and temperature. Plenty of links to important websites and teacher narrative are provided for this hands-on lesson.
Statisticians take things to new heights using a set of height measurements. Students use TI-82 or TI-83 calculators to determine extreme values and the median for the data. They also construct a box-and-whisker plot to summarize the height statistics.
Learners make observations about the uses of measurement in their everyday lives. They work with a group to conduct an investigation using standard and non-standard units of measurement and a classmate to demonstrate basic measurement concepts.
Eighth graders use calculators and a hand out to calculate the mean, median, mode, range, and outliers for three sets of data. They select the measure of center they feel best represents the set of data and justify their choice. Students collect information about their favorite music, research to find more data, and analyze the central tendencies for their music. Students create a graph to represent the data.
Study customary measurements with your sixth graders. They will investigate linear and capacity measurements to then measure and convert linear and capacity units. Finally they will work in small groups to conduct experiments. Resources are provided.