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Measurement Masters

Valerie Young
1st grade
Spring Hill Elementary School
Fayette County Schools


In this task students will directly compare the length of two or more objects, order the length of two or more objects, use a non-standard unit to estimate and measure an object that is larger than that unit, and compare and order classroom items by length.

Illustrative Task
  1. Students will be divided into groups of 3-4.
  2. Each group will rotate between 4 different measuring stations.
  3. Each station will have a specific non-standard measuring tool such as colored tiles, paper clips, pennies, etc. and various objects to be measured.
  4. Students will estimate the length of each object at the measuring station and record on their “Measurement Masters” recording sheet.
  5. Students will measure each object at the measuring station, with the specified measuring tool for that station, and record the number on their recording sheet.
  6. As students work at the stations they will discuss their findings with members of the group.
  7. After measuring all the objects in the measuring station, students will compare and order the items. Answers will be recorded on their individual recording sheet for that station.

GPS Addressed
M1M1. Students will compare and/or order the length, weight, or capacity of two or more objects by using direct comparison or a non-standard unit.
    a. Directly compare length, weight, and capacity of concrete objects.
    b. Estimate and measure using a non-standard unit that is smaller than the object to be measured.

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Use these questions to guide your thinking about some of the important teacher ideas in the lesson featured in the video clip.
  1. What kinds of questions does the teacher ask to promote students’ problem solving?
  2. How is the teacher gauging students’ current understandings and building from those understandings?
  3. Consider the GPS standards listed with this video.
  4. What makes this lesson different from lessons you have taught on this topic?

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