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A Measurement lesson plan called “Look How I Measure Up!”
Title – Look How I Measure Up!
By – Chonna Parker
Subject – Math
Grade Level – 2nd
I. The concept to be taught is measurement.
II. Alabama Course of Study – 2nd Grade – Geometry, Spatial Sense, Measurement
III. Behavioral Objectives:
1. To be able to measure using non-standard forms of measurement.
2. To be able to estimate measurements.
— The Littlest Dinosaurs by Bernard Most
— Paper clips (non-standard measurement tool)
— 12″ x 18″ sheet of paper
— 24″ piece of string
V. Teaching/Learning Process:
Introduce the terms of length, estimation and the unit of a foot. Once the children have this background knowledge, read the book The Littlest Dinosaurs by Bernard Most. During the reading ask the students the various questions that appear in the book. Discuss the difference between the various dinosaurs, and ask how many questions (such as how many Mussaurus would it take to make a Saltopus?)
B. Instructional Procedure:
1. Give each student a paper clip, and introduce it as a non-standard measurement tool.
2. Demonstrate to the students how the paper clip can be used to measure items (such as it takes 8 paper clips to equal the top of a standard sheet of paper.
3. Ask the students to use their paper clips to measure various items around their desk (books, pencils, crayon boxes). Explain to them that they may need to estimate, or round up. Ask the students to record their answers on a sheet of paper.
4. When the students have completed the task, record their answers on the chalkboard and ask for students to demonstrate how they came up with their answers.
6. Explain why the answers varied among students (due to the estimations) and explain why some answers are more correct than others are.
Tell the students that now they are going to measure themselves. Give each student the 12″ x 18″ sheet of paper and the 24″ piece of string. Have them use the string to measure around their wrist, neck and thumb. After each measurement they should cut the string at the measured point and glue the string to the paper. Clearly label each piece of string. They should notice that the wrist is about twice the circumference of the thumb, and the neck is two times that of the wrist.
The students will be evaluated based on the completion of the closure activity.
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