Lesson Plan

The Smaller They Come

Help your students use rulers in the classroom with this lesson! Encourage them to measure items around them using centimeters to understand shapes and sizes.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use metric units of length.

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

Introduction

(10 minutes)
Length in CentimetersMeasuring Length in Centimeters
  • Watch Measuring to the nearest cm and mm by 2minutemath
  • After watching the video, ask your students what they can measure in real life.

Beginning

  • Provide students with visuals of key takeaways from the video.
  • Provide students with a table showing examples of centimeter to millimeter conversion, as shown in the video.
  • Have students explain key points from the video in their home language with a small group of peers who speak the same language, if possible.

Intermediate

  • Ask students to explain, using their own words, what the teacher in the video was showing.
  • Provide students with an example from the video in centimeters and see if they are able to convert centimeters to millimeters, using what they learned from the video.