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Measurement and Algebraic Thinking

For Teachers 4th - 6th
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...
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Describe Measurements Step-by-Step Lesson

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
How do we measure something? As learners are beginning to grasp the idea of a consistent unit of measurement, give them this activity as a warm-up. They see an apple with a column of blocks beside it. Ask them how high the apple is,...
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A Handy Measure

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
How many hands tall are you? Challenge kids to measure themselves the way the 19th century Oklahoma horse traders measured their prize horses (can they guess how many hands tall a horse had to be?). There's some background information...
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Measure a Tree

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Young mathematicians explore data collection and mathematical problem solving. They will work in cooperative groups to determine the height of a tree by measuring several predetermined distances on the ground. They will use the data...
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By the Foot: The History of Measurement

For Teachers 6th - 8th
When is a foot not a foot? When you use the length of your own foot to measure distances, of course. To underscore the importance of standardized units of measurement, middle schoolers engage in a series of activities that ask them to...
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Hand Span and Height

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Is there a relationship between hand span width and height? Statisticians survey each other by taking measurements of both. A table that can hold data for 24 individuals is printed onto the worksheet, along with questions for analysis....
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Indirect Measurement: Lesson

For Students 7th - 11th Standards
When the tape measure will not reach, use similarity. An installment of a large playlist on geometry introduces the method of indirect measurement. Using a story of finding the distance to the sun, the video shows how to use similar...
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Measuring Speed

For Teachers 8th Standards
Physicists say speed is relative, but most police officers disagree. Scholars experiment with the variables that relate to speed. They learn the importance of both time and distance and apply that knowledge to graphical models.  
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Handy Measuring Ratio

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Your hand can be a handy tool for measurement. Young mathematicians learn how to estimate the height of objects by applying similarity. They find the horizontal distance from the object where spreading their outstretched fingers results...
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How Tall is that Tree?

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students use their feet to measure distance between themselves and a tree trunk.  In this distance activity, students use the number of steps, and string to measure distances and height of the tree.  Students can get the tree height when...
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Tall Towers

For Teachers K - 2nd
Linear measurement is the focus of this math lesson. Youngsters work in groups to build towers with blocks. They build towers represented on index cards and determine how many blocks taller one tower is.
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Measurement Tools

For Students 1st - 3rd
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 learning exercise includes pictures. Because the answer...
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Non-Standard Measurement

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students, using a list made up of things from around the room; estimate the distance of one of the items on the list with one unit, record their prediction, and then actually measure items with non-standard measuring devise.
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Measurements: Inches

For Teachers K - 3rd
Children solve problems involving measurement using information taken from various items measured (wooden blocks and boxes). This is a particularly good lesson to use when introducing how to use a ruler and how to add inches together in...
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Orienteering - Lesson 4 - Distance and Height

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pretend that you've been dropped onto a mountain, in the middle of nowhere,  and all you have to find your way is a topographical map and a compass. Could you find your way to the nearest town? Orienteering teaches the skills of map...
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Metric and Imperial Measures

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
After watching a brief video on making metric conversions to standard units, pupils complete tables to describe certain items with the appropriate unit of measurement. Then, they convert liters to millimeters, millimeters to centimeters,...
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Measurement: Finding Areas of Rectangles

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Gardening geometers construct the formula for the area of a rectangle by viewing a video revolving around two young people, their lawn mowing business, and their need to charge by the square meter. A relevant real-life application lesson!
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Customary Units of Length - Practice 6.2

For Students 5th Standards
Fifth graders complete nine problems in which they work with converting customary units of length such as feet to yards, and yards to miles. They compare measurements using inequality signs in six examples, and answer two test prep...
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Measure for Measure: Lengths and Heights

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners 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...
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Using a Ruler Worksheet

For Students 2nd - 3rd
It's time to measure! Teach youngsters how to measure the length, width, or height of an object or the distance between two points. Then, provide them with some practice with the second page of this document! They'll measure four...
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How Do You Measure Up?

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore the relationship between height and arm span.  In this data analysis lesson plan, students create a scatter plot of their classes' height and arm span.  Students find a line of best fit to model the data.
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Landscape Architects: Working with Indirect Measurement

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students measure the flag pole using indirect measurement. In this geometry lesson, students use the properties of geometry and indirect measurement to landscape properties. They relate indirect measurement to architecture and landscaping.
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Approximating Length, Width, Height and Distance

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students explore estimating measurements. In this math lesson, students play a game using estimation and units of measurement.
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Measuring Slope for Rain Gardens

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
The slope of the land is an important feature when considering the erosion that will occur. In this resource, which is part of a rain garden unit, learners calculate the slope of the proposed garden site. Even if you are not planning a...

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