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”!
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomIntroduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and demonstrate how to create and follow directions, then allow students to explore the site on their own, with a partner, or on the interactive whiteboard themselves. Create a link on classroom computers for students to use as a center. After students complete a path, have them map it on a piece of paper, then post the different routes and sets of directions in your classroom for other students to follow. Extend the challenge further by having students make mystery paths throughout the school!
Grades4 to 6
In the ClassroomUse the slide presentations as an introduction to new math units or as review before quizzes and tests. Create a link on your website or blog for students to practice at home. Use the MathLib word problems as examples, then have students create their own MathLib problems and share them on a class wiki.
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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