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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.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (0) 14: Describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object. [KMD1] [MA2013] (1) 15: Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object. [1MD1] [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] [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 (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): [ELA2013] (0) 32: Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood. [SL.K.2] [ELA2013] (0) 1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text. [RL.K.1] [ELA] (0) 5: Demonstrate listening comprehension of passages, including retelling stories and answering questions. [MA2013] (0) 14: Describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object. [KMD1] [MA2013] (0) 15: Directly compare two objects, with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has "more of" or "less of" the attribute, and describe the difference. [KMD2] [MA2013] (1) 15: Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object. [1MD1] [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] [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 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) 15: Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object. [1MD1] [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): [ELA2013] (2) 34: Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification. (See Grade 2 Language standards 35 and 37 for specific expectations.) [SL.2.6] [S1] (2) 5: Identify the relationship of structure to function in plants, including roots, stems, leaves, and flowers. [S1] (2) 9: Describe evaporation, condensation, and precipitation in the water cycle. [ELA] (2) 4: Demonstrate comprehension of secondgrade reading materials across the curriculum, including drawing simple conclusions, classifying ideas and things, identifying sequence, and retelling directions and information from informational and functional reading materials. [ELA] (2) 11: Write words and sentences legibly with proper spacing in manuscript. [T1] P&P (2) 6: Identify humanmade and natural resources in the world. [S1] (3) 7: Describe the life cycle of plants, including seed, seed germination, growth, and reproduction. [MA2013] (0) 14: Describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object. [KMD1] [MA2013] (0) 15: Directly compare two objects, with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has "more of" or "less of" the attribute, and describe the difference. [KMD2] [MA2013] (1) 15: Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object. [1MD1] [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] [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] [MA2013] (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] [MA2013] (2) 16: Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters. [2MD3] [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 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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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): [S1] (2) 7: Identify geological features as mountains, valleys, plains, deserts, lakes, rivers, and oceans. [T1] P&P (2) 6: Identify humanmade and natural resources in the world. [MA2013] (0) 14: Describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object. [KMD1] [MA2013] (0) 15: Directly compare two objects, with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has "more of" or "less of" the attribute, and describe the difference. [KMD2] [MA2013] (1) 15: Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object. [1MD1] [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] [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] [MA2013] (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] [MA2013] (2) 16: Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters. [2MD3] [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), 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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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): [ELA2013] (0) 1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text. [RL.K.1] [ELA] (2) 14: Respond to various types of literature read aloud. [ELA] (1) 13: Listen for meaning in conversations and discussions, including looking at the speaker without interrupting. [CE] (012) 8: Cooperation [CE] (012) 10: Selfcontrol [TC2] (02) 1: Identify basic parts of various technology systems. [TC2] (02) 2: Identify applications and operations of various technology systems. [TC2] (02) 3: Demonstrate correct posture and finger placement while using a technology system. [TC2] (02) 4: Identify safe use of technology systems and applications. [TC2] (02) 7: Use digital tools to access and retrieve information. [MA2013] (0) 14: Describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object. [KMD1] [MA2013] (0) 20: Analyze and compare two and threedimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices or "corners"), and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length). [KG4] [MA2013] (0) 21: Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes. [KG5] [MA2013] (0) 22: Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. [KG6] [MA2013] (1) 15: Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object. [1MD1] [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] [MA2013] (1) 19: Distinguish between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and threesided) versus nondefining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size); build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes. [1G1] [MA2013] (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] [MA2013] (1) 21: Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters; and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares. [1G3] [MA2013] (2) 24: Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces. (Sizes are compared directly or visually, not compared by measuring.) Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes. [2G1] [MA2013] (2) 25: Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of samesize squares, and count to find the total number of them. [2G2] [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 (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 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): [ELA2013] (1) 30: With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. [W.1.8] [ELA2013] (1) 11: Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text. [RI.1.2] [ELA] (1) 4: Read with comprehension a variety of firstgrade narrative and informational texts, including recalling information and retelling a story with beginning, middle, and end. [ELA] (1) 12: Collect information from print and nonprint resources to investigate a teacher or
studentselected topic. [ELA] (1) 13: Listen for meaning in conversations and discussions, including looking at the speaker without interrupting. [ELA] (1) 14: Use appropriate intonation when speaking and interacting with others. [TC2] (02) 1: Identify basic parts of various technology systems. [TC2] (02) 2: Identify applications and operations of various technology systems. [TC2] (02) 3: Demonstrate correct posture and finger placement while using a technology system. [TC2] (02) 4: Identify safe use of technology systems and applications. [TC2] (02) 5: Practice responsible use of technology systems and applications. [TC2] (02) 7: Use digital tools to access and retrieve information. [TC2] (02) 10: Design original works using digital tools. [MA2013] (1) 15: Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object. [1MD1] [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] [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 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] (0) 14: Describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object. [KMD1] [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] [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] [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): [ELA] (2) 4: Demonstrate comprehension of secondgrade reading materials across the curriculum, including drawing simple conclusions, classifying ideas and things, identifying sequence, and retelling directions and information from informational and functional reading materials. [ELA] (2) 8: Organize sentences into a paragraph to address a topic or tell a story. [ELA] (2) 9: Demonstrate correct use of question marks and capitalization of names, months, days of the week, and holidays in written expression. [ELA] (2) 10: Use concrete nouns and action verbs in written communication. [ELA] (2) 11: Write words and sentences legibly with proper spacing in manuscript. [ELA] (2) 14: Respond to various types of literature read aloud. [ELA] (2) 15: Select appropriate voice tone, gestures, and facial expression to enhance meaning. [ELA2013] (2) 36: Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. [L.2.2] [ELA2013] (2) 24: Write narratives in which they recount a wellelaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure. [W.2.3] [ELA2013] (2) 9: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the Grades 23 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. [RL.2.10] [ELA2013] (2) 7: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot. [RL.2.7] [ELA2013] (2) 1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. [RL.2.1] [MA2013] (3) 18: Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve one and twostep "how many more" and "how many less" problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs. [3MD3] [MA2013] (0) 14: Describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object. [KMD1] [MA2013] (0) 16: Classify objects into given categories; count the number of objects in each category, and sort the categories by count. (Limit category counts to be less than or equal to 10.) [KMD3] [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] [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] [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] [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 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): [S1] (3) 7: Describe the life cycle of plants, including seed, seed germination, growth, and reproduction. [MA2013] (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] [MA2013] (0) 15: Directly compare two objects, with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has "more of" or "less of" the attribute, and describe the difference. [KMD2] [MA2013] (0) 16: Classify objects into given categories; count the number of objects in each category, and sort the categories by count. (Limit category counts to be less than or equal to 10.) [KMD3] [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] [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] [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] [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] [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] [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: 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] (0) 14: Describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object. [KMD1] [MA2013] (1) 15: Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object. [1MD1] [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] [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: 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): [S1] (0) 6: Compare size, shape, structure, and basic needs of living things. [S1] (0) 7: Classify objects using the five senses. [S1] (0) 9: Identify seasons of the year. [MA2013] (0) 14: Describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object. [KMD1] [MA2013] (1) 15: Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object. [1MD1] [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] [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: 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] (0) 14: Describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object. [KMD1] [MA2013] (1) 15: Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object. [1MD1] [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] [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] [MA2013] (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] [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: 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] (1) 15: Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object. [1MD1] [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] [MA2013] (1) 17: Tell and write time in hours and halfhours using analog and digital clocks. [1MD3] [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] [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] [MA2013] (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] [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: 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): [S1] (1) 5: Identify parts of the human body, including the head, neck, shoulders, arms, spine, and legs. [S1] (3) 6: Identify structures and functions of the muscular and skeletal systems of the human body. [S1] (5) 8: Identify major body systems and their functions, including the circulatory system, respiratory system, excretory system, and reproductive system. [MA2013] (0) 14: Describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object. [KMD1] [MA2013] (0) 15: Directly compare two objects, with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has "more of" or "less of" the attribute, and describe the difference. [KMD2] [MA2013] (0) 16: Classify objects into given categories; count the number of objects in each category, and sort the categories by count. (Limit category counts to be less than or equal to 10.) [KMD3] [MA2013] (0) 17: Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to. [KG1] [MA2013] (0) 18: Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size. [KG2] [MA2013] (0) 19: Identify shapes as twodimensional (lying in a plane, "flat") or threedimensional ("solid"). [KG3] [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] [MA2013] (1) 19: Distinguish between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and threesided) versus nondefining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size); build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes. [1G1] [MA2013] (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] [MA2013] (1) 21: Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares; describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters; and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares. [1G3] [MA2013] (2) 24: Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces. (Sizes are compared directly or visually, not compared by measuring.) Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes. [2G1] [MA2013] (2) 25: Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of samesize squares, and count to find the total number of them. [2G2] [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: 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] (0) 14: Describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object. [KMD1] [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] (1) 12: Add within 100, including adding a twodigit number and a onedigit number and adding a twodigit number and a multiple of 10, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method, and explain the reasoning used. Understand that in adding twodigit numbers, one adds tens and tens, ones and ones; and sometimes it is necessary to compose a ten. [1NBT4] [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] [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] (0) 14: Describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object. [KMD1] [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] [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] (0) 14: Describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object. [KMD1] [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] (0) 14: Describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object. [KMD1] [MA2013] (0) 15: Directly compare two objects, with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has "more of" or "less of" the attribute, and describe the difference. [KMD2] [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
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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] (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] [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] (0) 14: Describe measurable attributes of objects such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object. [KMD1] [MA2013] (0) 15: Directly compare two objects, with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has "more of" or "less of" the attribute, and describe the difference. [KMD2] [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] [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] [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.

