My Foot and the Standard Foot

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Young mathematicians put one foot in front of the other as they learn how to measure length in an elementary math lesson. Using paper cutouts of their own feet, children measure classroom objects as they discover the importance of standards units of measurement.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use this as an introductory lesson to a measurement unit in the primary grades
  • Extend the lesson by having children come up with solutions for measuring small objects with non-standard units
Classroom Considerations

  • This lesson was taken from a first grade McGraw-Hill math text book, but it can be adapted for use across the primary grade levels
Pros

  • Provides a warm-up activity that engages children in thinking about measurement
  • Lesson includes all supporting worksheets, templates, and graphic organizers
  • Offers suggestions for differentiating the lesson to meet the needs of all learners
Cons

  • None
Common Core