Lesson Plan

Measuring Feet…in Feet!

How big is a foot? Students find out to explore how to measure in feet by comparing their own feet to rulers. Then they set off to measure the length and width of the classroom!
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Learning Objectives

Students will measure the classroom in feet.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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Introduction

(10 minutes)
  • Hold a ruler up in front of the class. Tell students that the ruler is 12 inches long. Explain that 12 inches is called one foot.
  • Ask, “Do you think your foot is less or more than the length of a ruler?"
  • Take a few answers. Hand out rulers to the students and have them measure their feet.

Beginning

  • Have students point to and count each inch on the ruler until they reach 12. Allow students to count in their home language (L1) and English.
  • Provide a pre-written copy of the definition of measure with a corresponding visual in English and L1. Have students paste the definition in their math journal.
  • Put students in partnerships to measure their feet.

Intermediate

  • Have students think-pair-share their answer with a peer.
  • Ask a student to explain what the vocabulary word measure means in their own words.