Berryessa Union School District
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CALIFORNIA STATE STANDARDS ADDRESSED
Mathematics/0/Measurement and Geometry 1.2 Compare the length, weight, and capacity of objects by making direct comparisons with reference objects (e.g., note which object is shorter, longer, taller, lighter, heavier, or holds more).
As part of our study on measurement, students will measure how long their foot is with different units.
Students will understand that objects can be measured by different units.
Students will be able to measure the length of their foot using linking cubes, paper clips, and dinosaur manipulatives and record the results on the Foot Measurement handout.
Foot Measurement handout
Anticipatory Set (Lead-in):
"As part of our study on measurement we will measure our foot. When we measure our foot, do we measure how tall or how long it is?" how long
"To measure how long our foot is, we will first need to trace our foot on a piece of construction paper."
Lesson Plan Procedure:
Procedure 1: (30 minutes)
Demonstrate to students how to trace foot. Then have students color and decorate foot on construction paper before cutting it out.
Depending on your students skills, they may need adult help to trace their foot accurately. I've used parent volunteers to help students trace their foot on the paper. Students can also pair up and help each other trace each others foot.
Procedure 2: (30 minutes)
Demonstrate to students how to glue their foot on the top of the Foot Measurement handout and complete it.
Hint 1: Procedure 1 of this lesson can be completed with the whole class. Procedure 2 is a good center activity for small groups to complete.
Hint 2: This is a good project to display for Open House.
Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):
Questions to ask students for closure:
When we measure our foot do we measure how tall or how long it is?
Why does our foot measure less in paper clips than in linking cubes?
What other objects can we use to measure our foot?
Assessments & notes
Plan for Independent Practice:
Students can trace crayons, erasers, scissors, and other classroom supplies in their jounals, then measure how long the objects are using different units.
Assessment Based on Objectives:
Observe students for understanding as they complete the Foot Measurement handout. Did students start measuring their foot at the right spot? Did they line up the units evenly to get an accurate answer?
Possible Connections to Other Subjects:
Adaptations & Extensions:
This activity can be used to familarize students with money as well. Pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters can be used to measure the foot instead of the linking cubes and paper clips.