Make Your Measurement Lesson Plans
Fun,Creative and Rewarding!!
Measurement lesson plans are one of five strands of Math so you need to organize and plan these lessons as part of your math strategies.
In Canada, we use the metric system as many other European and Asian countries do. However the imperial system is also used in other countries including the United States.
Teaching measurement can be fun and creative as your students learn about terminology, conversions and problem solving. You can also teach this strand to split grades if required as the older kids will get more challenging questions or activities.
Measurement lesson plans can incorporate whole class activities, or partner or group work depending upon the topic you're teaching.
Students do find conversions tricky and many find them challenging so some lessons may have to be re-taught or require remedial work. A lot of visuals are highly recommended!
Suggestions for conversions - gram --> kg / oz --> lbs (or vice versa) - mm -->cm -->km / in --> ft --> yd (or vice versa)
I created various math worksheets for partner or group activities to teach different concepts. For example, in partners, students have to measure different parts of their bodies. Each pair has a measuring tape and one chooses a part of their body, such as their ear - top to bottom of the ear lobes.
The worksheet would consist of 3 columns - 1. Body Part 2. Estimate 3. Accurate Measurement. Student "A" would choose the body part, estimate the length/width and record the info on their sheet. Student "B" would then measure the part and student "A" would record the actual number. Then the students would reverse roles for the next body part.
Other measurement lesson plans can also include measuring objects in the classroom/school or lengths/widths of different rooms/hallways in the school.
Take it one step further and have students measure objects in their house. If they don't have a meter or yard stick, they can measure using their feet and write that info on their worksheet.
When teaching capacity, volume or weight, students can use various scales and measuring containers that schools provide. After teaching the concept students can work with partners or in groups to do the related activities.
Activity work can be completed at home, where students can find different items in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc. and record the object's weight, size or capacity.
All the worksheets for the lessons uo teach your students, should always include terminology, perhaps conversion and problem solving.
You can also ask your students for suggestions of what objects to measure. They are sure to come up with some creative ideas.
Of course, these lesson plans involved having several quizzes and a major test at the end of the unit. I never just give one test. Some kids freeze up on a test and it's great to get a number of marks for the report card grade.
Can you see how these measurement lesson plans can be creative, fun and have your students learning these important concepts at the same time?
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