Lesson Plan

Measurement Tools

Introduce students to measurement tools with this fun hands-on activity. Students will get plenty of practice comparing length and weight as well. Use this scaffolded EL lesson plan alone or with **How Big is It?**.
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Students will be able to measure length using standard and non-standard units.


Students will be able to describe the steps to measure length using centimeter cubes with visual and partner support.


(5 minutes)
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  • Tell students that you love to cook, and can't wait to get home to make chocolate chip cookies! Ask students to give you a thumbs up if they have ever cooked anything, and tell them to turn and talk to a partner to discuss.
  • Show students some flour, and say, "This is all the flour I have. I don't know if I need to stop at the grocery store to buy more flour. The recipe say I need 2 cups."
  • Show students a large plastic cup and pour the flour in. Say, "I don't have enough to fill up two of these cups, so I don't think I have enough!"
  • Allow students to correct you. Think aloud, "Yes, in cooking 2 cups means a specific amount. You're right- I need to measure to find out the exact amount of flour that is needed in the recipe."
  • Show students a measuring cup and explain, "This is a measurement tool used in cooking. If I use the measuring cup, I will know that I am measuring with the same tool that was used when the recipe was written."
  • Model measuring 2 cups of flour using the measuring cup. Comment, "Yes, I do have enough flour!"

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