Geometry and Measurement, Grades 6-8
Construct a Measuring Tape
1. Use strips of paper to make a tape measure.
Give students a ruler, some tape, and the two-inch strips of paper.Challenge them to create a six-foot measuring tape that shows one-quarter-inch increments. As students begin the challenge, askquestions such as:
Can you show me with your hands about how long a foot is?
How many strips of paper will you need to make a six-foot tape measure?
(Students should see that they need to beginby determining the length of each individual strip.)
you tape the strips end-to-end, or will there be a bit of overlap where you tape them together?
2. Review common measurement benchmarks.
Review with students common measurement benchmarks, such as
12 inches = 1
36 inches = 3 feet = 1 yard
. Have students markthe larger units of measurement on their tape measure.
3. Estimate the length of objects in the room and thenfind the actual measurement using tape measure.
Create a three-column chart similar to the one pictured below. Havestudents pick five or six objects from around the room to measure.List those objects on the chart. Ask students to estimate the length of each object and record their estimate on the chart. Have them checktheir estimate by measuring the object and then record the actualmeasurement on the chart.