Thursday, November 7, 2013

Math activity Thursday: 4.MD.A.1 (measurement units--large to small) & Thanksgiving PB Giveaway

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.
I made the following freebie if you wanted to do this activity.
I would love more followers on my TpT and TN sites if you like what you see : )

How do you teach this Common Core standard?  I had a bunch of other ideas, but I guess all the other ones will have to wait until another day.

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I had one thing to add.  A fellow picture book writer and teacher has a giveaway of her book Thanksgiving Rules.  You can enter Laurie Friedman's giveaway HERE.  Good luck to those who enter!

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