Habits of Mind:
Students will look at various objects and predict how long they are
using standard units of measurement (homemade tape). Graph information
Students will look at assigned objects and measure the objects for
accuracy using the Graphers
software program by Sunburst Communications.
Which one of these objects do you think is the longest? The shortest?
What is the actual length of your object?
What is the difference between your predictions and your object?
In what profession would one need to be able to estimate lengths of
What are some things that you measure in your life? Why do you measure
How would the world look if we weren't able to measure objects?
Management of One Computer:
Communicate with other elementary schools in these regions and have
students pose different objects to measure to specific grades/class -
Web66: International School Web Site Registry:
listing of all schools with a registered web site.
Elementary Schools in New York:
listing of all elementary schools, secondary schools, educational organizations, and
resources in New York State who have registered with the Web66 site.
Use the Internet to gather images of famous landmarks to help discuss
the importance of measurement as well as shortest versus longest.