# 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!
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Exploring Nonstandard Units of Length pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Exploring Nonstandard Units of Length pre-lesson.

#### 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.

#### 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.