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Use a ruler, yardstick, tape measure, and scale. Explain to students that these tools are used to measure.
The ruler, tape measure, and yardstick are tools for measuring the length, width, and height of an object. Model how to use these tools by lining up the end of an object with the end of the tool and identifying the nearest inch as the length, width, or height.
The scale is used to find the weight of an object. Model how to place an object on the scale and read the display.
Set up two stations for students to practice measuring length, width, height, and weight.
Station 1 - Place several classroom objects and the ruler, tape measure, and yardstick at the station. Have students take turns using the measuring tools to find the length, width, and height of each object. They should record their measurements in Chart 1 Measuring the Length, Width, and Height of Objects. Then they can compare and discuss measurements using terms like greater than, less than, longer, and shorter.
Station 2 - Place several classroom objects and the scale at the station. Have students take turns weighing each object. They should record their measurements in Chart 2 Measuring the Weight of Objects. Then they can compare and discuss measurements using terms like greater than, less than, heavier, and lighter.
The students' abilities will determine the amount of guidance and support needed at each station.
As an extension students can go outside and find the length, width, and height of larger objects. They can find the perimeter of the playground, the length of the slide, or draw large boxes with sidewalk chalk and measure the length and width.
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