Johnson, Levi James Otis Elementary

Objectives: Given the meter as an initial unit, the student will be able to see the value and relationships of units less than and greater than the meter. Students will be able to choose the appropriate unit of measure in relation to the linear distance required to measure. The student will measure within one tenth or less accuracy with each instrument. Students will be able to show by plotting on histograms linear relationships. Materials: Cuisenaire rods, tennis and superballs, string, ten metersticks, tape measure (various size measuring utensils are optional), graph paper about 1 cm square, and stop watch. Strategies: Mark off four to five stations labeled A, B, etc. Station A student will determine his or her time walking a distance of ten meters and record that time. Station B student will measure arm span versus height. Write in on chalk board and graph when this is complete for the class. Station C student will test his/her ability to jump horizontally. One student jumps and another makes a mark where lead foot lands and measure in centimeters and record. Station D student will guess their head size and then measure with tape measure. They will also make comparisons of the sizes of utensils in relation to teaspoon, tablespoon and cup. All of their data are recorded and later compared. At the end of this activity, students will write a poem or make a rap song about the activity.
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