Lesson Plan

Order Up!

It’s time to get measuring! In this lesson students determine the lengths of different towers and then put them in order from shortest to longest.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Long, Longer, Longest pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Long, Longer, Longest pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will order objects by length.

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

Introduction

(5 minutes)
  • Use snap cubes to make three towers of different lengths. If possible, make each tower with a different color cube.
  • Show the towers to the class and ask, “Which tower is the longest?”

Beginning

  • Count the cubes chorally with students as you assemble the towers.
  • Gesture by moving your hands apart as you say the word "longest."

Intermediate

  • Activate prior knowledge of length comparison by asking questions about that reference familiar contexts such as, "Which student has the longest hair?"
  • Think aloud about which is longer, a car or a train.