Comparing Measurements: Inches and Centimeters Lesson Plan
This bundle includes 2 different measurement sets. It begins with 6 hands on measurment activities where students measure in centimeters and inches, compare lengths of measurements, compare why you get different measurements in inches and centimeters, and explore analyzing measurements. It also includes task cards and centers for students to practice the skills independently.
Here is the information from my two bundles:
Measure To Compare is a common core measurement activity in which students measure 2 objects on task cards and find the differences; create a graph based on their data of the measurements; and then use task cards to measure and evaluate whether measurements are correct, who has the accurate measurement (or of they are the same) when one person measured in inches and one measured in centimeters, and explain why.
Activity 1: Students measure the width or height of the two objects on the card and find the difference in the two lengths or widths. Has 24 task cards to use.
Activity 2: Students use their data and create a graph of the measurements that they discovered. Students will graph the measurements (2 for each card, not the differences)
Activity 3: Students use the difference measurement cards to play the board game. Everyone draws a card and measures. Whoever has the largest difference wins and gets to move however many spots their objects difference is (for example, if the difference is 3, then they move 3 spaces).
Activity 4: Students measure the picture in inches and centimeters. They then read the written information on the recording sheet to determine which persons measurement is correct, or if the measurements in inches and centimeters are the same. Includes 24 task cards, recording sheet with lines, and a recording sheet without lines.
Students often have a hard time distinguishing between inches and centimeters, especially when comparing the two measurements. This Measurement unit has 6 lessons/activities where students measure objects in centimeters and inches, find the differences in their measurements, and comparing measuring in centimeters and inches by answering why you get two different measurements when you measure in inches and centimeters.
Here are the activities listed below. There are two sets of activities with and without a blue striped background.
1. Measure It!- In this activity, students are given a crayon, pencil, paper clip, and glue stick and other objects around the room. Students measure each object in inches and/or centimeters, and complete three tasks measuring and writing about why you get two different measurements when you measure in centimeters and inches.
2. Body Measurements: In this two task activity, students measure the lengths of body parts to compare inches to centimeters and then compare their body measurements to other student’s measurements.
3. Find A Measurement: In this set of activities, students go around the room finding measurements that are an allotted amount longer or shorter than an object.
4. Greatest Pencil Challenge: In this activity, students are placed into small groups where they compare the lengths of their pencils in small groups to determine whose pencil is the longest by comparing pencil measurements. Next, the students with the longest pencil from each small group will compare their pencils to see who has the longest pencil. The class completes a bar graph, pictograph, or line plot using all the lengths of the pencils used in the great pencil challenge.
5. Cotton Ball Slingshot: In this activity, students work with partners to compare measurements in the cotton slingshot challenge. Each partner uses a spoon to flip one cotton ball each, and partners compare the length of their slingshot challenge measurements.
6. Who’s Right: In this activity, students measure the object in inches and centimeters. Then students read the word problem and determine whether one character, both characters, or neither character is correct in measuring each object in either centimeters or inches.