Measure Up has three length measurement activities that focus on length comparisons and conversions in both customary and metric units of measure.
This activity has 30 colored customary unit of measure cards, 30 colored metric unit of measure cards, and six colored SPLAT cards. Fractions and decimals can be found on some of the question cards. Students either have to determine the correct conversion or determine which of two lengths is greater. Blank cards are included for students to create their own cards that can be added to the game pile.
Measurement cards and SPLAT cards are shuffled and placed in a pile upside down. Students take turns picking a card from the pile and answering the question on the card. If the answer is correct, the player gets to keep the card. If the answer is incorrect, the player must return the card to the bottom of the pile. Players can use the answer key that is included to check for accuracy. If a “SPLAT” card is drawn, the player must return all his/her cards to the bottom of the pile. The person who collects the most cards during a round of play is the winner.
The cards also can be used as a walk-the-room activity. Cards can be posted around the room. Students can grab their math journals or the recording sheet and walk-the-room.
The answer is… What is the question?
This activity does not necessarily focus on finding one right answer, rather it asks students to generate multiple “questions” that have a targeted answer. This activity allows for multiple entry points of learning so students at different readiness levels can complete the task. There are 24 colored The answer is… What is the question? cards.
Students can glue an answer card inside their math journals, generate many varied questions, and then share their thinking with classmates. The cards also can be added to a math center where students complete one of two different versions of the recording sheet. Another option is to display one of the cards and have students throughout the week generate many varied questions and post their questions using sticky notes.
Spot the Impostor:
This activity focuses on students thinking mathematically to identify the one measurement that is not equivalent to the other two measurements. The Spot the Impostor cards focus on both customary and metric units of measure. There are 16 colored cards for both customary and metric units of measure. Four challenge cards are included for customary units of measure.
A Spot the Impostor card can be displayed. Students then can identify the “impostor” and justify their thinking with a partner. Or students can glue a Spot the Impostor card inside their math journals. Students then can justify their thinking with mathematical reasoning. Spot the Impostor cards also can be placed in a math center and students can use the recording sheet to record their answers. Spot the Impostor cards can used as a walk-the-room activity by posting them around the room. Students can grab the recording sheet and walk-the-room.
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