For today’s MaTh I’m working with CCSS 4.MD.A.1! It states…
Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Record measurement equivalents in a two-column table. For example, know that 1 ft is 12 times as long as 1 in. Express the length of a 4 ft snake as 48 in. Generate a conversion table for feet and inches listing the number pairs (1, 12), (2, 24), (3, 36), …
Maybe I am weird, but when I was a kid I loved measuring things. I’d measure fabric (I liked to sew creations), blocks or pieces of wood so I could construct it into something, or even construction paper (so that when I made my brown lunch bag puppets, the paper clothes would fit just right). Just for kicks, I remembered that I kept a couple of those brown paper bag people I used to make. I think I made these when I was 7 or 8.
For this activity it is good for kids to practice using their rulers.
Supplies: At least one lunch sack per student, plenty of construction paper, pencil, scissors, glue, and ruler. Have a stopwatch if you do the timing option.
- Kids measure the segments of the sack they plan on covering with construction paper and record it on a piece of paper. For an extra bonus you can have a stopwatch.
- Start the stopwatch. Using the straight edge of the ruler, draw the size needed and cut it out.
- Glue on the piece. Check the stopwatch and record the time it took to do the base of your puppet.
- Start the stopwatch again. Cut and add details of your choice. Stop the stopwatch when you are done.
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