Measurement

Activity 1: Dinner Time

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Activity 2: Body Parts

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Activity 3: Perimeter and Area

 Learning Objectives related to Curriculum: Perimeter, Area: Use blocks to design shapes according to the specifications for area and perimeter. M-8, M-13 Number of Students: One or small group working together Resources/Materials: Task card showing designs to build Blocks     Source Acknowledgment: Adapted from activity in Quest- Grade Five Textbook Activity Description: 1. Look at the designs (task card) and build them with the blocks. 2. Change each one to make a new one with the same area, but a shorter perimeter. 3. Change each to make a new design that has the same area and perimeter but a different shape. 4. Remove a block so that each perimeter is greater than it was. 5. Make a design that has an area of 6 square units and: a) and a perimeter of 14 units b) a perimeter of 12 units c) a perimeter of 10 units. 6. Which of your designs would you recommend for the shape of a swimming pool? CELS: Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Skills, Communication (if working in a group) Adaptation/Variation/Extension: Have students work with a partner to give each other area and perimeter problems to solve using the blocks. Evaluation: self assessment anecdotal records performance assessment - notebook learning contract Reflection/Additional Comments: This activity should be used after the concepts and terms of area and perimeter have been introduced. The block activity would reinforce learning and increase understanding of these concepts.

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Activity 4: Play Dough Measuring

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Activity 5: Comparing Cylinders

 Learning Objectives related to Curriculum: Volume: Compare surface area to volume using cylinders M-31 Number of Students: One or small cooperative group Resources/Materials: Paper Styrofoam packing chips       Source Acknowledgment: Adapted from Cathcart, W., Pothier, Y., James, H. Learning Mathematics in Elementary and Middle Schools, Second Edition, 1997. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Allyn & Bacon. Reproduction of material without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. Activity Description: 1. Cut two pieces of paper 20 cm x 25 cm 2. Roll each sheet to form a cylinder, one 20 cm high and the other 25 cm high. 3. Tape the edges together and stand them on a flat surface. 4. Fill each with "packing popcorn" to compare volumes 5. Repeat with two papers different sizes. Can you figure out a rule? CELS: Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking Adaptation/Variation/Extension: Have students make shapes other than cylinders to fill with packing chips (or popcorn) Evaluation: self assessment anecdotal records performance assessment - notebook Reflection/Additional Comments: Although packing chips do not give an accurate measurement of volume, the point of this activity is the relationship between surface area, (length, width, height) and volume.

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Activity 6: Estimating Length

 Learning Objectives related to Curriculum: Estimating Length and deciding which unit of measurement to use and which instrument to measure with to check the estimation. M-9 Number of Students: One or small cooperative group Resources/Materials: Chart to record estimations and measurements Objects to measure Task card with other items to estimate and measure Activity Description: 1. Beginning with the objects in the bag, complete the chart using estimation and measurement. Decide which units to use (cm, mm, etc.) and use an appropriate measuring device (ruler, classroom meter stick) 2. When you have estimated and measured the items in this bag, think of your own items to add to the chart or use the following: a) the width of your desk b) the height of the teacher's desk c) the width of the doorway d) the height of a locker e) the width of a window frame CELS: Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal Social Values and Skills Adaptation/Variation/Extension: Extend by having students make their own list of items to measure and/or estimate more complex measurements (distance around the school, distance across school yard, etc.) Evaluation: self assessment anecdotal records performance assessment - notebook Reflection/Additional Comments: An additional activity would be to estimate types of measurement other than length as well - volume, angles, area, etc. - and then find the actual measurements.

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