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Title: Animals that Measure Up!
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Students will learn how to order items by length. They will use plastic toy animals for hands on learning and then students will locate pictures of animals of various lengths and sizes in their natural habitat on the Internet. They will use those pictures in creating a five slide presentation. The students will put those slides in order from longest animal to shortest animal.
Standard(s): [TC2] (02) 2: Identify applications and operations of various technology systems.
Subject: Mathematics (1), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K  2)
Title: Animals that Measure Up!
Description: Students will learn how to order items by length. They will use plastic toy animals for hands on learning and then students will locate pictures of animals of various lengths and sizes in their natural habitat on the Internet. They will use those pictures in creating a five slide presentation. The students will put those slides in order from longest animal to shortest animal.
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Title: Why do we need measurement tools?
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This lesson will explore the need for standard measurement tools. It will engage the students and promote critical thinking and reasoning. This is a lead in lesson to conversions.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Subject: Mathematics (K  2)
Title: Why do we need measurement tools?
Description: This lesson will explore the need for standard measurement tools. It will engage the students and promote critical thinking and reasoning. This is a lead in lesson to conversions.
This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.
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Title: Making Measuring Meaningful!
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This activity helps students recognize that measuring tools can come in many different shapes and sizes. The student's will develop creativethinking, math, and social skills as they use nontraditional and traditional measuring tools.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (1) 18: Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another. [1MD4]
Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K  1)
Title: Making Measuring Meaningful!
Description: This activity helps students recognize that measuring tools can come in many different shapes and sizes. The student's will develop creativethinking, math, and social skills as they use nontraditional and traditional measuring tools.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMSU Project.
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Title: What Is An Inch?
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This activity gives the students the opportunity to see what an inch really looks like. It also provides them with a chance to be creative using various inch materials and to create a visual for what an inch is. It is a great lesson to integrate reading and art. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (1) 16: Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end; understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of samesize length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps. Limit to contexts where the object being measured is spanned by a whole number of length units with no gaps or overlaps. [1MD2]
Subject: Mathematics (1)
Title: What Is An Inch?
Description: This activity gives the students the opportunity to see what an inch really looks like. It also provides them with a chance to be creative using various inch materials and to create a visual for what an inch is. It is a great lesson to integrate reading and art. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
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Title: Seeds: How They Grow
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The students will be collecting, germinating and planting seeds to show the process of plant growth. The students will be recording the information in their science journal. In addition, the students will be observing the water cycle as the plants grow in the cups.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 17: Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit. [2MD4]
Subject: English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K  2), or Science (2  3)
Title: Seeds: How They Grow
Description: The students will be collecting, germinating and planting seeds to show the process of plant growth. The students will be recording the information in their science journal. In addition, the students will be observing the water cycle as the plants grow in the cups.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
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Title: The Horizons of Soil in My Backyard
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Students will work in small groups to dig holes 1 meter deep. Students will work with measurements as they dig and measure. Students will observe the different types of soil and how the soil changes as they dig. Students will write and draw in their journals about the soil horizons. The need for soil as an important natural resource will be discussed. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT1 (1) 9: Differentiate between natural resources and humanmade products.
Subject: Mathematics (K  2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (1)
Title: The Horizons of Soil in My Backyard
Description: Students will work in small groups to dig holes 1 meter deep. Students will work with measurements as they dig and measure. Students will observe the different types of soil and how the soil changes as they dig. Students will write and draw in their journals about the soil horizons. The need for soil as an important natural resource will be discussed. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
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Title: Are You a Square or a Rectangle?
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During a handson, inquiry approach lesson, students will discover the difference between standard and nonstandard units of measure. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 26: Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.; and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, or four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape. [2G3]
Subject: Character Education (K  12), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K  2), or Technology Education (K  2)
Title: Are You a Square or a Rectangle?
Description: During a handson, inquiry approach lesson, students will discover the difference between standard and nonstandard units of measure. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
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Title: Inch by Inch Learning Is a Cinch
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This lesson uses an interdisciplinary approach involving literature, math, and writing. Using the book, Inch by Inch, by Leo Lionni students will explore the world of measurement. They will have the opportunity to practice measuring objects with inchworms like in the book. They will also have a chance to use creative thinking to write their own stories.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 14: Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes. [2MD1]
Subject: English Language Arts (1), or Mathematics (1  2), or Technology Education (K  2)
Title: Inch by Inch Learning Is a Cinch
Description: This lesson uses an interdisciplinary approach involving literature, math, and writing. Using the book, Inch by Inch, by Leo Lionni students will explore the world of measurement. They will have the opportunity to practice measuring objects with inchworms like in the book. They will also have a chance to use creative thinking to write their own stories.
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Title: What's Inside a Pumpkin?
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As part of a study on pumpkins, students will discover what's inside a pumpkin by observing a pumpkin, making individual booklets, and tasting baked pumpkin seeds.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (0) 41: Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts. [L.K.6]
Subject: English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (K  2), or Science (K), or Technology Education (K  2)
Title: What's Inside a Pumpkin?
Description: As part of a study on pumpkins, students will discover what's inside a pumpkin by observing a pumpkin, making individual booklets, and tasting baked pumpkin seeds.
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Title: The Length of My Feet
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This lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, focuses students attention on the attributes of length and develops their knowledge of and skill in using nonstandard units of measurement. It provides practice with and remediation of the measurable attributes of length. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 16: Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters. [2MD3]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: The Length of My Feet
Description: This lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, focuses students attention on the attributes of length and develops their knowledge of and skill in using nonstandard units of measurement. It provides practice with and remediation of the measurable attributes of length. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: The Area of Things...
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students have opportunities to recognize and use the attributes of length and area using nonstandard units. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 22: Generate measurement data by measuring lengths of several objects to the nearest whole unit or by making repeated measurements of the same object. Show the measurements by making a line plot where the horizontal scale is marked off in wholenumber units. [2MD9]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: The Area of Things...
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students have opportunities to recognize and use the attributes of length and area using nonstandard units. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: Ladybug Lengths
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This lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, captures students interests, provides an introduction to and practice with the measurable attributes of length, and assesses student knowledge. The experience focuses student attention on the attributes of length and gives students the opportunity to develop knowledge of and skills in using nonstandard units of measurement. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 15: Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen. [2MD2]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Ladybug Lengths
Description: This lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, captures students interests, provides an introduction to and practice with the measurable attributes of length, and assesses student knowledge. The experience focuses student attention on the attributes of length and gives students the opportunity to develop knowledge of and skills in using nonstandard units of measurement. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: Magnificent Measurement
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In this sevenlesson unit, from Illuminations, students build skills required for understanding the attributes of measurement as well as the units, systems, and processes of measurement. Students use objects, pictures, symbols and books. They engage in measurement activities involving length, volume, weight, area and time. They practice measuring using standard and nonstandard units.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (3) 17: Measure and estimate liquid volumes and masses of objects using standard units of grams (g), kilograms (kg), and liters (l). (Excludes compound units such as cm^{3} and finding the geometric volume of a container.) Add, subtract, multiply, or divide to solve onestep word problems involving masses or volumes that are given in the same units, e.g., by using drawings (such as a beaker with a measurement scale) to represent the problem. (Excludes multiplicative comparison problems (problems involving notions of "times as much").) (See Appendix A, Table 2.) [3MD2]
Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics Title: Magnificent Measurement
Description: In this sevenlesson unit, from Illuminations, students build skills required for understanding the attributes of measurement as well as the units, systems, and processes of measurement. Students use objects, pictures, symbols and books. They engage in measurement activities involving length, volume, weight, area and time. They practice measuring using standard and nonstandard units. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: Using the Number Line to Compare
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students determine differences using the number line to compare lengths. Because this model is based on linear measurement, it is a distinctly different representation from the models presented in the first two lessons of this unit. At the end of this lesson, children are encouraged to predict differences and answer puzzles involving subtraction.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 15: Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen. [2MD2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Using the Number Line to Compare
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students determine differences using the number line to compare lengths. Because this model is based on linear measurement, it is a distinctly different representation from the models presented in the first two lessons of this unit. At the end of this lesson, children are encouraged to predict differences and answer puzzles involving subtraction. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: The Weight of Things
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This lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, introduces and provides practice with the measurable attributes of weight. It also provides an opportunity to assess student knowledge of and skill in using measurement of mass. This learning experience focuses students attention on the attributes of weight using handson activities and active learning.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (1) 20: Compose twodimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, halfcircles, and quartercircles) or threedimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape. (Students do not need to learn formal names such as "right rectangular prism.") [1G2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: The Weight of Things
Description: This lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, introduces and provides practice with the measurable attributes of weight. It also provides an opportunity to assess student knowledge of and skill in using measurement of mass. This learning experience focuses students attention on the attributes of weight using handson activities and active learning. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: Look at Those Leaves!
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This Science NetLinks lesson has students observe, measure, and sort tree leaves. They examine leaves individually, in groups, and in relationship to the entire tree.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 14: Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes. [2MD1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Look at Those Leaves!
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson has students observe, measure, and sort tree leaves. They examine leaves individually, in groups, and in relationship to the entire tree. Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks Grade Span: K,1,2
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Title: Keeping in Balance
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In this lesson for grades 1 and 2, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on patterns and relations that can be developed from the exploration of balance, mass, length of the mass arm, and the position of the fulcrum.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 15: Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen. [2MD2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Keeping in Balance
Description: In this lesson for grades 1 and 2, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students participate in activities in which they focus on patterns and relations that can be developed from the exploration of balance, mass, length of the mass arm, and the position of the fulcrum. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: Measuring with Teacher's Foot
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use nonstandard units to measure the distance between objects found in their classroom. They create a nonstandard unit by using an outline of the teacher s foot and cutting around it to use as a measurer. Students generate a list of four or five objects in the classroom from which they measure the distance to their workspace.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 14: Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes. [2MD1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Measuring with Teacher's Foot
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students use nonstandard units to measure the distance between objects found in their classroom. They create a nonstandard unit by using an outline of the teacher s foot and cutting around it to use as a measurer. Students generate a list of four or five objects in the classroom from which they measure the distance to their workspace. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2
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Title: Measurement Web Links
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This collection of Web links, reviewed and presented by Illuminations, offers teachers and students information about and practice in concepts related to measurement. Users can read the Illuminations Editorial Board's review of each Web site, or choose to link directly to the sites.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (2) 15: Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen. [2MD2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Measurement Web Links
Description: This collection of Web links, reviewed and presented by Illuminations, offers teachers and students information about and practice in concepts related to measurement. Users can read the Illuminations Editorial Board's review of each Web site, or choose to link directly to the sites. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

