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Lesson Plans (17) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Learning Activities (2) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
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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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Subject: English Language Arts (K), or 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 creative-thinking, 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, GEMS-U Project.


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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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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (2 - 3), or Social Studies (2)
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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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2), or Science (2), or Social Studies (2)
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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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 2), 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 hands-on, inquiry approach lesson, students will discover the difference between standard and non-standard 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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Subject: English Language Arts (1), or 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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Subject: Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: Hop on Pop and Non-Standard measurement
Description: This lesson is a hands-on, cross-curricular lesson for exploring non-standard measurement. It utilizes children's literature, manipulatives, opportunities for writing, and small group collaborative learning. Students will meaningfully use vocabulary associated with measurement. This lesson could be used as part of a unit on the author, Dr. Seuss, or at any time during the school year in conjunction with the math program.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2), or English Language Arts (2), or Mathematics (K - 3)
Title: Glorious Sunflowers
Description: In this lesson students will identify, measure and graph seeds and other characteristics of sunflowers and write descriptive and narrative paragraphs about sunflowers.


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Subject: Mathematics (K - 3), or Science (3)
Title: What do Plants Need?
Description: In this lesson, students will understand that in order to grow healthy plants, soil, water, light, and air must be provided. Students will use math skills such as measurement and science process skills such as observation, comparing, and recording data.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Measuring with Teacher's Foot     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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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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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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: The Area of Things...     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part 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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Subject: Language Arts,Mathematics
Title: The Length of My Feet     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part 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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Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: How Big Is Your Heart?     
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore the size of their hearts. They do this by measuring the length, width, and circumference of their fists and relating this to the size of their hearts.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Ahoy, Matey! Set Sail with Nonstandard Measurement!
Digital Tool: PBS Kids Music Video
Digital Tool Description: This short video clip introduces the concept of nonstandard measurement in a pirate-themed song.  The video is approximately one minute in length.


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Title: Measuring Monsters!
Digital Tool: PBS Kids Interactive Activity
Digital Tool Description: This interactive activity engages students in measurement with nonstandard units and critical thinking to apply measurement of one object in order to figure out the size of a new object.


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Lesson Plans


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Measuring in Inches
http://www.lessonpla...
This lesson teaches students to measure objects to the nearest inch using a ruler.

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Let's Measure
http://ims.ode.state...
"Part Four - Measuring Volume" of this several part lesson series teaches students to measure using non-customary units (water, sand, cups, buckets).

Informational Materials


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Teach Your Child How to Use a Ruler
http://www.teachkids...
This page tells parents and teachers how to teach kids to compare and contrast in measurable terms.

Learning Activities


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Measuring to the Nearest Inch
http://www.montgomer...
On this page you will find an example of a class activity for measuring to the nearest inch. Students practiced measuring yarn to the nearest inch using a ruler. They incorporated the measured yarn into pictures, labeling the length of each piece.

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Inches and Feet
http://www.brainpopj...
You will find a variety of information on this page related to customary and nonstandard units of measurement.

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