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Subject: Math

Date: November 19, 2015

Grade: One

Goals/Key questions
Goals: What other ways can we measure objects if we dont have a ruler?
Students will learn how to measure objects using non-standard units of measure.
Objective (connected to PofS):
GLO: Shape and Space (Measurement) Use direct and indirect measurement to solve problems
SLO: SSI Demonstrate an understanding of measurement as a process of comparing by:
identifying attributes that can be compared, ordering objects, making statements of comparison,
filling, covering, or matching

Pre lesson Considerations

Lesson overview of main ideas to be learned and prelearning required:
Students will need to know how to measure and what it means to measure.
Materials needed/preset up required/logistical considerations needed (seating
Book: Actual Size By: Steve Jenkins
Materials to measure with (cubes, crayons, blocks, circle markers etc.)
Photocopies of the gorilla hand from the book (6 copies)
Masking tape


Time est: 5

What is the teacher doing?

What are the students doing?

Read the book Actual Size By: Steve

Ask students how we could measure
something if we didnt have a ruler.
Brainstorm ideas.
Ask students to go and find something in
the room that they could use to measure
with. Tell them it needs to be something
smaller than the length of their finger.

Students will listen to the story.

Students will discuss items they could
use to measure with.
Students will find an item they could
use to measure with.

Students will measure the length and

width of the gorilla hand and record it on
their sheet.
They will then outline their hand in the
gorillas palm and measure the length
and width of their hand and will record
on the sheet.
Will discuss the comparisons between
their hand and the gorilla hand.
Which is bigger? Which is smaller?

Students will use their measurement

tool to measure the length and width
of the gorilla hand.
Students will outline their hand in the
gorilla hand and measure the length
and width of their hand.
Students will compare their hand and
the gorillas hand and discuss which is
bigger and which is smaller.


Activity 1

Time est:10


Activity 2
Time Est:
20 mins


Explain how we can also measure in

footsteps. Have students practice how to
measure in footsteps (one foot in front of
the other (heel to toe)).
Send students around the room to
measure each piece of tape and record
on worksheet how many footsteps each
one was.
Ask students to return to the table after
and try to figure out which piece of tape
was the shortest and which was the
longest. Help them compare their
numbers and record.
Review with students some other ways
you could measure items. Ask them to
think about things in their bedroom or at
home that they could use to measure

Students will practice measuring in

Students will go around the room and
measure each piece of masking tape
in footsteps and will record on
Students will return to the table once
they are done and try to figure out
which one was the longest and which
was the shortest and will record.

Students will brainstorm ideas.

Assessment: Observation watching students during the gorilla and tape exercise to see if they
are understanding how to use tools to measure objects. Projects Gorilla hand you can see if
they get the correct number of units. The worksheet for the tape activity you can see if they
were able to complete them all and were understanding how to measure and record.
Accommodations/Modifications: Assist students one on one during the activities to see if they are
understanding the concept and if not then find a different manipulative for them to use to
measure with or find other things to measure. Reduce how many items students have to
measure if they are struggling.
Extension and extra time activity: Game: go in the hallway and get students to listen to
directions such as: take 2 steps forward, take 5 hops forward, take 2 spins, crab walk backwards
4 steps, girls take 3 hops forward, boys take 2 log rolls back, anyone wearing red takes 2 steps
forward etc. and see who gets to the finish line first.