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Measure It, Man!

Students participate in a classroom scavenger hunt with a partner to measure common classroom objects using a ruler.
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Students will be able to measure objects to the nearest inch.

(5 minutes)
  • Display the Inching Along worksheet somewhere the entire class can see.
  • If rounding to the nearest inch is a new concept for the students, explain how to measure an object to the nearest inch.
  • Complete the projected worksheet as a class by having students volunteer answers.
(5 minutes)
  • Pick out any 2 objects from the classroom that are not on the Measure It, Man! worksheet and, using a ruler, model to the students how you measure an object to the nearest inch.
(20 minutes)
  • Hand out rulers.
  • Arrange students into pairs.
  • Hand out one Measure It, Man! worksheet per pair of students.
  • Tell the students that they will be going on a "scavenger hunt" with their partner by looking for objects in the room to measure with their rulers.
  • Explain the directions to the students. You may want to tell them they can start on any object to measure so students are not waiting for an object to measure.
  • Allow students to complete the worksheet as you monitor and help as needed.
(5 minutes)
  • Hand out the Buggy Bugs worksheet and have students work on it independently.
  • Enrichment: Challenge students to measure objects in their room or at home and record their findings to turn in.
  • Support: Pair a student who needs support with a student who is at grade level during the Guided Practice activity.
(5 minutes)
  • Check the Buggy Bugs worksheet for correctness.
(5 minutes)
  • As review, create a group work station where students measure objects to the nearest inch and compare their answers with their peers.

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