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In this activity, students will gain a knowledge and understanding of both the metric and customary systems of measuring length with rulers, meter / yardsticks, and tape measures.
For each student:
How Tall How Short How Faraway by David A. Adler
Measuring by Sheila Cato
Use accurate terminology to demonstrate and explain Metric and Customary Units of Length Measurement. Encourage students to also use correct terminology.
Customary: A system of measurement used in the United States. The system includes units for measuring length, capacity, and weight.
|Units of Length Measurement in Customary System:|
|one foot (ft or ')||=||12 inches (in or ")|
|one yard (yd)||=||36 inches|
|1 mile (mi)||=||5,280 feet|
1. Become mathematical problem solvers.
2. Make mathematical connections.
Invitation to Learn
Have students work in partners/cooperative groups to list as many occupations as possible where tools are used for measuring. Students should also list what tools are used with each job. Discuss why it is important to learn how to use these tools in real life situations.
Journal writing: Discuss how measurement is used in occupations. Use rulers as an additional way to teach fractions. Students, working with a partner, measure themselves and each other, then make a half-size selfportrait on butcher paper. They may draw clothes, hair, etc., to make the half-size me look like themselves. Construction paper and yarn may also be used for clothes and hair. (This activity may be done by customary, to the nearest inch, or metric measuring, to the nearest centimeter.)
“Inches” or “Metric Measurement” Games
Social Studies—Students interview parents or other relative to discover how measurement is used in their jobs. Graph the class results.
Math—The measuring activities may also be done in the metric system.
Homework & Family Connections
Students take a 3" x 12" piece of tag board home and teach parents or siblings how to fold and label their own “magic inch.”
Students estimate and then measure items in their homes and record answers on “Measuring in Feet and Inches” worksheet.
Students will estimate the measurement of several items, then measure them and record answers on a copy of the “Measuring in Feet and Inches” worksheet.
Students write the correct measurements on an enlarged inch (blackline included).