TeachersFirst's Measurement Resources
This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn measurement and to plan projects and classroom activities so to reinforce concepts of both standard and metric measurement. Be sure to include some measurement activities during special sporting events such as the Olympics, World Series, or Super Bowl to give special relevance to your measurement “units”!
Grades5 to 9
In the ClassroomUse any of these great resources to show how math concepts are used in everyday life. For example, use "Math by Design" as a scenario of how math and architecture are connected. Use the resource to design a nature center or park. Allow students to work in collaborative groups to make decisions and identify the math used to solve the problem. Demonstrate their understanding with a presentation that justifies their choices and how they arrived at their final project choice. Use conventional or multimedia resources to showcase the results and find a public audience. Consider using a wiki or Google Docs for collaboration and presentation. Use a variety of mind mapping applications such as Diagrammr to collaborate and create a flowchart. Take these projects one step further by proposing nature areas in your school campus. Students can take their ideas and resulting understanding of math to justify their design and propose it to the local school board or town council. Use many of these ideas to create your own real world math projects and activities.
Grades1 to 6
In the ClassroomUse these delightful interactive games as practice or enrichment activities in your classroom.
GradesK to 7
In the ClassroomIntroduce math concepts on your interactive whiteboard or projector with the videos provided on the site. Create a link to games or videos on classroom or computer lab videos for math practice. Print worksheets for at-home practice or review. Challenge students to create their own video explaining math concepts. Share the videos on a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
Grades3 to 12
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In the ClassroomCreate a link on classroom or computer lab computers for students to explore or practice specific math skills. Choose a different game or activity each week as a game of the week. Ask students to respond to activities in math journals by describing thought processes when solving problems. Create a class math wiki to share the activities they have tried and their successes and challenges. For more information about wikis, check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
Grades5 to 9
In the ClassroomIntroduce and present lessons on your interactive whiteboard using the PowerPoints provided and the accompanying student worksheets. Use these ready to go lessons to "spruce up" your metric lessons. Ask students to design their own metric measurement lab using ordinary items from around their home. Then have the class try some and record the results on a class wiki.
Grades2 to 5
In the ClassroomCreate a link on classroom computers or in the computer lab for students to try this activity on their own or with a partner. Share the link on your classroom website or blog for practice at home. What a fantastic site to use to motivate students in the spring, when the weather gets warm, sports begin, and students want to be outside!
Grades2 to 4
In the ClassroomMake a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Use this site to differentiate for students of all levels. Have students complete the recording sheet with an activity to use as an assessment or accountability piece. Include a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to practice at home.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomUsers click and drag design components onto the main layout page. The free draw tool is a bit trickier to control but is similar to drawing tools in other programs. The perimeter measurement scrolls alongside the line you are drawing. The interface for such a complicated concept is intuitive. Students will need explicit instructions on how to operate this program.
Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share the tutorial presentation and demonstrate how to use the design tools. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Consider this resource to help math students visualize how to compute the surface area of three-dimensional shapes and understand how area and volume change with scale. Social Studies and History teachers can ask students to re-create the interior of an early American home, Greek Temple or even their own classroom. With guidance, this could be a wonderful tool to help younger students understand interior mapping skills. Classrooms focusing on "real-world learning" may find this a valuable resource tool to help students create design plans for an alternative environment.
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Grades6 to 10
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In the ClassroomIntroduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector then allow students to explore on their own. This site is perfect for independent projects - students can create a multimedia presentation of information learned through the challenges, respond through journal entries over several days, or use this site as a resource day for career day projects. Include a link on classroom computers for students to use during free time.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomDivide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them present the different anecdotes and incidents to the class using different media such as video, booklets, etc. Challenge students to create a video and share using a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here). Or create an online book using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. In addition to the anecdotes on the site, gifted students can be challenged to find additional stories that relate to Daylight Saving Time. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use the site as a discussion starter when assigning a creative writing assignment with a topic such as, "I forget to turn my clock back and..."
Grades1 to 6
In the ClassroomShare this site with others in your building and/or grade level and brainstorm other activities that can be added to the list. Encourage student choice by making 2 or 3 suggestions available at each center to allow students to choose the activity that appeals to him/her the most.
GradesK to 5
In the ClassroomThe interactives are perfect to use on interactive whiteboards or projectors. Use activities as an introduction to new units such as making change, counting on the number line, or recognizing numbers shown with base 10 blocks. Save this on your desktop on all of your classroom computers. List this link on your classroom website or blog. This is excellent enrichment and/or advancement for gifted students. It could also be used for extra practice for struggling students. This site is definitely one to save and revisit often.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomDisplay on your classroom interactive whiteboard or projector whenever a timer needs to be used - time left until recess is over, time for cleanup, amount of time left to finish a test or classroom activity, or more. Help younger students explore the concept of time by having them turn their back to the stopwatch then turn around when they think a predetermined time has been reached.
Grades3 to 8
In the ClassroomIntroduce the activity on the interactive whiteboard or projector and model for students how to use estimation instead of actually counting the figures. Use the site as a springboard to discuss when estimation is appropriate and when measurement is needed. Use the site to begin discussions on what level of estimation is needed in different circumstances (close, really close and almost perfect).
Grades3 to 9
In the ClassroomUse the teacher's page on the interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate math concepts such as symmetry, tessellations, and basic algebra concepts. Assign activities and games to students and let them become the expert in one topic. Use the illustrated math dictionary provided on the site as an example and create a class math dictionary of concepts learned. Have students share their new math term on the class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. This may also be a site that you want to include on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom.
GradesK to 6
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the interactives, printables, lesson resources, and presentations. A few activities include tasks for an interactive whiteboard or projector and others provide handouts or reproducible activity pages. Be sure to save this site in your favorites, there is lots here to explore. Also provide this link on your class website. A great site to have parents use with their student as well.
Grades1 to 3
In the ClassroomChoose this site for a math computer center to allow students to practice money counting skills. Use on the interactive whiteboard or projector while students draw and write the correct answers at their seats. If you are teaching a unit about money, provide this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
Grades4 to 6
In the ClassroomDemonstrate the use of a protractor on your interactive whiteboard or projector with this activity. Challenge students to guess the angle before measuring with the protractor. Assess understanding of acute and obtuse angles through students' estimates of angles.
GradesK to 9
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