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Mathematics Grade 1
Strand: MEASUREMENT AND DATA (1.MD.) Standard 1.MD.2
This activity introduces nonstandard measurement and provides practice with estimating and measuring lengths.
This activity is designed to introduce nonstandard measurement. It also provides practice with estimating and measuring lengths using a variety of nonstandard units. The book, How Big Is A Foot?, poses a question to the students that provides them with a chance to problem solve, using nonstandard units (their own foot patterns).
You will need to sort your students into cooperative groups of five or six to prepare for this activity. Choose students that will work together and help one another to stay on task. Also, choose one student for each group that has larger feet and one student that has small feet, in comparison.
Since this is an activity that requires the students to work in cooperative groups, you may want to prepare them beforehand. Teach students how to work cooperatively prior to this activity by discussing and showing what it should look like and sound like. Then, provide one or two activities/tasks that give them the chance to practice before beginning this activity.
Finally, this activity allows the students a chance to participate in a narrative mime. Experience with narrative mime is not necessary in order to participate. You will need to discuss the procedure for the narrative mime, however. You also might want to gather props/minor costume pieces for the students to wear.
2. Develop social skills and ethical responsibility.
6. Communicate clearly in oral, artistic, written, and nonverbal form.
Invitation to Learn
Read How Big Is A Foot? to the page where the question is posed,Why was the bed too small for the queen?
Today, we started reading the story, How Big Is a Foot?, by Rolf Myller. It is about a king who thinks of a lovely present to give his wife, the queen. But, theres a problem with the present. Together, we will work to figure out what the problem is and predict what will happen with the king and his gift to the queen. Finally, we will find out what the characters actually did to solve the problem.