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”!
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
In the ClassroomHave students try these interactives on a math game day. To prepare for standardized testing, have students play one or two games from each strand and then have them describe what kind of problems fall under each strand. Ask students to identify strong and weak strands. Students can practice more of the activities in their weaker strands. Be sure to list this site on your class website so students can access the site both in and out of the classroom.
Grades3 to 6
In the ClassroomUse this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce volume. Have students look at the amount of cubes in one layer and then multiply by the number of layers. Try using the site as a competition by having students be the first to calculate the volume. Use in a one on one conference as an informal assessment technique. Provide this link on your class website for students to practice at home.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomAssign during computer lab to allow students to explore angles and protractors through several different activities. Demonstrate congruent angles, opposite angles, right angles on the interactive whiteboard or projector through the use of the online games. Have students create simple instructional videos using this site to demonstrate a math concept requiring a protractor. Share the videos on a site such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).
GradesK to 6
In the ClassroomWhat makes this site special is that the content comes directly from educators and students. Use the existing math problems as a challenge activity or to demonstrate how math can be used in the real world. Share the maps and math questions on your interactive whiteboard or projector. The different pin colors represent different age groups so you can choose appropriately leveled math problems. You can easily differentiate for individuals by telling them which color to explore. This site is a great way to get your students to learn more about their community. Have your students research a community spot and create a math problem about it as a class. Enter the information onto the map together or under teacher supervision for other classes all over the world to use. Allow students to explore on their own and keep a math log of all the problems they found and solved on a "trip around the world with math."
Grades2 to 6
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In the ClassroomIntroduce this site and avoid confusion by playing the game several times on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then, have students explore the activity independently or with a partner. Be sure to include this site on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class for further practice.
GradesK to 6
In the ClassroomUse any of the great resources interactively in the classroom. For example, click on "Weight" and then "Reading Scales" to access a great site. Choose a different scale to use on the interactive whiteboard (or students can use on a single computer.) Choose the measurement, and then "Generate." Practice reading the scale using the whiteboard as a class or in groups. Require students working individually to use a screen capture (print screen in PC or Apple-shift-4 in Mac) to capture an image of the screen. Use Paint or another lettering program to write their scale readings on their picture. Print or present to the class. Take a few minutes to check out this site and find some great resources for units and lessons in your classroom. Share this link on your class website.
Grades2 to 12
Since this site is user-contributed, they do make a caveat that "No guarantee is made on the results' accuracy. Do not use this tool when designing bridges or launching interplanetary probes."
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In the ClassroomHave students use the converter to check their work after they make a valid attempt to convert their own measurements. Make sure students research the various forms of measurement when they see a new form that they do not know. Provide this link on your class website and save it on your own classroom computer's favorites! Have students use this site and work with a partner to create their own math word problems (relative to your current unit of study). Share the math problems on your class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
Grades5 to 9
In the ClassroomFind great interactives on proportions, number lines, ratios, measurement, and much more. Share the activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. View the learners guide to record learning with the Math Snack animations and games. Find pre-lesson and post-lesson bonus activities in the Teachers guide. Check student answers with the attached answer key. Follow with other in-class scenarios using actual manipulatives such as snacks to show ratios or proportions.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomUseful to a multitude of different classes, this website could be utilized in art class, technology education, geometry, applied math, and even vocational curriculum. In art class, this site could be shown on the interactive whiteboard and used as inspiration for drawing or modeling projects. In applied math and geometry class, students could build scale models of structures found on the blog and apply measurement skills. Gifted students with visual/spatial or architecture interests could use this site as inspiration for individual projects. Another angle for this website is to integrate it into marketing, business math, and technology education classes in a unit where students find inspiration from an online design, create a budget to build the project using online resources such as lumber and steel companies, and then build scaled models. The projects could even be integrated into the English classes by having students present their projects as a business proposal in class. Present the proposals in a multimedia format, such as an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.
GradesK to 7
In the ClassroomIf you teach math to grades K-5 (or beyond), you will want to save this site in your favorites. Use the interactive tutorials as review activities, to introduce concepts, or for students to learn as groups. Use the activities as exciting drill and practice that provides feedback on right and wrong answers. For example, use "Comparing numbers" tutorials and activities to learn and practice identifying the hundreds and tens places. Each example gives immediate feedback on right and wrong answers. Use as an individual activity or in groups to provide great examples and practice with math concepts. Be sure to list this link on your class website so students can access (and practice) both in and out of the classroom.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this helpful information for students having difficulty in a particular chemistry concept. Consider creating help videos or whiteboard tutorials by and for students to help others with these or other concepts. Enlist the help of student groups in the planning and creation of help videos which can be used on a wiki, blog, or other site to help all chemistry students. Share the videos using a tool such as Teachers.TV reviewed here. Want to try a wiki, but have no clue where to begin? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
Grades2 to 12
In the ClassroomThis site can be used to create anything from elementary math worksheets to high school geometry worksheets. Science teachers may find good uses for this tool in trying to create professional looking measurement activities. If individual computers are available, challenge students to create their own number lines or tessellations. Share HOW to use this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. And don't forget to mention this link on your class website, great for at home practice!
Grades3 to 10
In the ClassroomUse this excellent resource with an interactive whiteboard, projector, or using computer stations. Show students how to measure with a protractor as a class, in groups, or individually. Students can easily operate the demo themselves on your whiteboard. Follow up with additional activities that challenge students to use and measure with protractors. This may be a good site to list on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomBring the Olympics into your classroom. Share these "ready to go" sports with your students. Then have students try to invent their own Olympic games to share with the class. Why not video and share the Olympics using a site such as Teachers.TV reviewed here.
GradesK to 6
In the ClassroomUse these "courses" as reinforcement of concepts, to uncover misconceptions, and to explore interesting topics. Share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create learning centers focuses on the specific content of the activities. Have cooperative learning groups (or individual students) explore specific topics and report back to the class. For example, have each group view the activities for a specific body part (blood, brain, hearing, immune system, heart and circulation, skeleton, skin, teeth, and more) and create a multimedia presentation. Have cooperative learning groups create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Provide this link on your class website for families to explore together.
Grades5 to 9
In the ClassroomFrom Life Processes to Solids, Liquids, and Gases in Science, Orders of Operation to Probability in Math, and Writing Structure to Shakespeare in English, find a topic for any material you are covering. Share the interactive (or other sections) on your projector or interactive whiteboard). Provide this link on your class website for students to use to practice both in and out of the classroom. After viewing a topic, brainstorm the main points together as a class and use the information on additional problems or interactives within the classroom.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomThis site is a terrific example of STEM integrated learning. This is a great site to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have cooperative learning groups explore different careers or buildings and share how math is used at their locations. Why not have groups create a video using a tool such as Teachers.TV (reviewed here) or a podcast using PodOmatic (reviewed here), to share their mathematical discoveries! At the end of an introduction of a concept, use this site for specific math practice using a real life concept. For example, visit the bike shop to use math to determine pedal gear to wheel gear ratios and resultant bike speeds. Use as an individual activity, a team activity, or with the entire class using an interactive whiteboard. Follow up with a personal problem to solve. In this example, students can measure the two gears on their bikes (or their teachers bike brought into the classroom) to use the information for further understanding.
GradesK to 6
In the ClassroomShare this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Make it a kinesthetic "center" for students to explore using your interactive whiteboard. Use these activities to strengthen skills, provide practice, and identify weaknesses. For example, use math games that teach graphing, analyzing, and counting. There is a wide variety of topics here, so be sure to peruse this site before your new unit or lesson! Using examples on this site, students can create their own homework help using a wiki, blog, or other site to help others. Allow students to "rate" the games using stars or smiley faces and comment on how the game helps them learn. Play a variety of word and other language arts games. Be sure to list this link on your class website or wiki for students to access both in and out of the classroom.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomUse tutorials from this site to learn more, or try some Google Earth files from TeachersFirst's Globetracker's Mission to get a taste of what the program can do. Get started by exploring the different LAYERS available in the left side and searching a location you know. Locate and try the tools to drag, tilt, zoom, and even measure distance. Extensive user forums are available through the help menus.
Placemarker files created by you "live" on the computer where you make or save them and are not shared on the web. Note that your computer will ask whether you wish to save your "temporary places" (any places you have marked during a session) each time you close Google Earth. If many students use that computer, you may find you have a disorganized mess of saved places. Be sure to direct students to either name their saved places logically and file them into folders or NOT to save them to My Places! Students and teachers can create placemarker (.kmz or .kml) files and share them as email attachments, files on a USB "stick," or any other means you would use to share a file, just like a Word document.
Another practical tip: if students are using Google Earth on several machines at the same time, you may put a heavy load on your school network. Plan accordingly, perhaps having groups alternate their Google Earth time if it becomes sluggish.
Use Google Earth to teach geography or simply give location context to class readings or current events, especially on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Ex. you can tilt to show the peaks scaled by Lewis and Clark or volcanoes that rise in the Aleutians. Have students show the locations of historic events or literary settings and create placemarkers with links to learn more. Placemarker text is editable by going to the placemarker's "properties" or "info," so students can enter the text description, place title, and any inks they want to include, such as a link to a certain passage of text, an image of a character, or news image/article for a current events map. Students who know html code can get even more sophisticated in what they include in placemarkers. Have students/groups create and play a "tour" of critical locations for global warming, a comparison of volcanoes, or a family history of immigration. Navigate the important locations in a work of literature using Google Lit Trips or search the web for placemarker files connected to civil war battles, natural resources, and more. Turn layers on and off to look at population centers and transportation systems. Teach the concept of scale/proportion using a tactile experience on an interactive whiteboard and the scale and measurement tools. See more ideas at the teacher-created Google Earth 101 wiki reviewed here. Even if you do not venture into creating your own placemarker files, there are many already made and available for use by teachers and students. TeachersFirst's Globetracker's Mission includes a weekly file to follow the Mission.