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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): [MA2013] (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): [MA2013] (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): [MA2013] (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): [MA2013] (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): [MA2013] (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: Hop on Pop and NonStandard measurement
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This lesson is a handson, crosscurricular lesson for exploring nonstandard 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.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (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: Mathematics (K  2)
Title: Hop on Pop and NonStandard measurement
Description: This lesson is a handson, crosscurricular lesson for exploring nonstandard 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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Title: Glorious Sunflowers
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In this lesson students will identify, measure and graph seeds and other characteristics of sunflowers and write descriptive and narrative paragraphs about sunflowers.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (2) 23: Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with singleunit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple puttogether, takeapart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph. (See Appendix A, Table 1.) [2MD10]
Subject: 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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Title: What do Plants Need?
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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.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (2) 23: Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with singleunit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple puttogether, takeapart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph. (See Appendix A, Table 1.) [2MD10]
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.
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Title: How Big Is Your Heart?
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In this lesson, one of a multipart 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.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (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: Mathematics,Science Title: How Big Is Your Heart?
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart 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
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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): [MA2013] (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): [MA2013] (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: 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): [MA2013] (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: 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): [MA2013] (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: Ahoy, Matey! Set Sail with Nonstandard Measurement!
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PBS Kids Music Video Web Address URL:
http://www.watchknowlearn.org/Video.aspx?VideoID=2396&CategoryID=2332 Standard(s):
[MA2013] (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] Digital Tool Description: This short video clip introduces the concept of nonstandard measurement in a piratethemed song. The video is approximately one minute in length.
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 piratethemed song. The video is approximately one minute in length.
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Title: Measuring Monsters!
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PBS Kids Interactive Activity Web Address URL:
http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/mathgames/sleuthsontheloose/ Standard(s):
[MA2013] (2) 1: Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one and twostep word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem. (See Appendix A, Table 1.) [2OA1] 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.
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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Title: Measuring in Inches
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This lesson teaches students to measure objects to the nearest inch using a ruler.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (2) 14: Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes. [2MD1]
Measuring in Inches
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This lesson teaches students to measure objects to the nearest inch using a ruler.
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Title: Let's Measure
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"Part Four  Measuring Volume" of this several part lesson series teaches students to measure using noncustomary units (water, sand, cups, buckets).
Standard(s): [MA2013] (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]
Let's Measure
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"Part Four  Measuring Volume" of this several part lesson series teaches students to measure using noncustomary units (water, sand, cups, buckets).
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Title: Teach Your Child How to Use a Ruler
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This page tells parents and teachers how to teach kids to compare and contrast in measurable terms.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (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]
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.
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Title: Measuring to the Nearest Inch
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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.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (2) 14: Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes. [2MD1]
Measuring to the Nearest Inch
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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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Title: Inches and Feet
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You will find a variety of information on this page related to customary and nonstandard units of measurement.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (2) 16: Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters. [2MD3]
Inches and Feet
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You will find a variety of information on this page related to customary and nonstandard units of measurement.

