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Exploring Metric Units of Length

Help your students learn the standard measures of length and foster critical thinking with this engaging lesson. Use alongside The Smaller They Come or as a stand-alone activity.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the The Smaller They Come lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to use metric units of length.

Language

Students will be able to identify standard measures of length with content-specific vocabulary using task cards and sentence frames for support.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
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  • Gather students together in a comfortable area. Say, "I really want to buy a new table cloth for my table at home. I'm having friends come over this weekend. I just don't know how long I need the table cloth to be. Does anyone have an idea what I should do?"
  • Ask students to turn and talk to a partner, sharing their ideas. Allow a few students to share their ideas with the whole class.
  • Elaborate that you should measure your table before you purchase the table cloth. Ask students to turn and talk to a partner, sharing times when they, a friend, or a family member has had to measure something. Write their ideas on the board.
  • Ask students what would happen if you did not measure your table prior to purchasing the table cloth. What could happen? Have students turn and talk to a partner, sharing their ideas. Explain to the students that if you did not measure your table before purchasing the table cloth, you might purchase a table cloth that is too big or too small.
  • Explain to the students that today they will be learning about three different units of length: millimeter, centimeter, and meter!

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second grade
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