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The Language of Estimation

Use this support lesson to provide students with the opportunity to explore what it means to estimate. This hands on activity can be used alone or alongside the lesson Estimating Length.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Estimating Length lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Estimating Length lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to estimate lengths.

Language

Students will be able to estimate the length of classroom items with grade-level academic vocabulary using sentence frames for support.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
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  • Gather the students together in a comfortable space.
  • Explain to the students that you want to purchase a new rug for the classroom reading area. Say, "I'd love to purchase a new rug for our class, but I'm not sure where to start. I don't want to get a rug that is too big or too small. Can you help me solve my problem?"
  • Instruct students to think-pair-share solutions to your problem. Provide students with sentence frames to support them as they share their ideas with partners. For example:
    • I think you should ________ because ________.
    • First you should ________ because ________.
  • Clarify that people usually measure things to figure out the length of something.