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Measuring Furniture

How big is the furniture in your classroom? Get ready to find out! In this lesson, students dive into measuring with yardsticks.
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Students will measure using a yardstick.

(5 minutes)
  • Show students the yardstick. Ask them what they think it measures.
  • Tell students that a yardstick is one yard long. One yard is the same as 36 inches, or three feet.
  • Take three rulers and put them together. Explain that each ruler is 12 inches long, so three rulers together are 36 inches, or one yard, long.
  • Ask students what types of things they might measure with a yardstick. Give them a few examples and have them share whether they would measure with a ruler or a yardstick (smaller things would be measured with a ruler, larger things with a meter stick).
(10 minutes)
  • Tell students that one thing that yardsticks can measure is furniture. Pick one piece of furniture in the classroom and model how to measure it using a yardstick. If it does not measure a whole number of yards, demonstrate how to record length using yards and inches.
(10 minutes)
  • If you have enough yardsticks, have students split up into partners to measure another piece of furniture in the classroom.
  • If you don’t have enough meter sticks, bring another piece of furniture up to the front of the class. Have students take turns coming up to the front of the class to the furniture. You don’t need to have everyone measure if time runs out.
(10 minutes)
  • Hand out the Measuring Chairs and Measuring Tables worksheets. Have students cut out the shrunken yardsticks and use them to measure the objects on the worksheets.

Enrichment: Have students measure each other’s heights using yardsticks.

Support: Have students work in partners to complete the worksheets.

(5 minutes)

Assess students responses on the worksheets.

(5 minutes)

End class by having students name objects that they think would be about a yard tall.

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