Let your [bigger] students play with and think about metric and customary units of measurement in meaningful ways! Estimation Station gets kids thinking with student-led hands-on estimation activities, corresponding problems of the day, and more.
How Does It Work?
Students estimate the measure of an object at the student station and work the corresponding problem, focusing on a different unit of measure every day. The purpose of this program is to help kids conceptualize relative sizes of measurement units, understand metric and customary conversions, and use reasoning to solve measurement word problems. It only takes a few minutes each day!
• Interactive PowerPoint Presentation (with 24 problems, hints, and answers)
• Schedule for Matching Power Point & Student Station
• Student Station Sign-up Sheet (up to 24 students)
• Student Station Sign-up Sheet (up to 32 students)
• Blank Student Sign-up Sheet
• Student Station Estimation Sheet
• Metric Measures
• Metric Measurement Quiz
• Customary Measures
• Customary Measurement Quiz
• More Ideas
• PowerPoint - Twenty-four estimation scenarios are presented with hints and answers on subsequent slides. Problems tap students’ conceptual knowledge of relative size, equivalency, and rounding to estimate but are not difficult or tricky. One problem may be displayed per day to correspond with the student stations, or if you wish, you can complete the slide show as a stand-alone activity. The PowerPoint presentation is editable, so you can change the names on the slides to those of students in your class, add or delete problems, or alter the degree of difficulty.
• Student Stations - Each student is assigned a date and a unit of measurement. He/she finds a simple household item to measure, brings it to school, and places it in a designated spot. Students in the class estimate the size or number. After everyone has estimated, the answer is revealed and winner(s) announced.
• Quizzes - Two sheets explain metric prefixes and equivalencies; one sheet provides customary equivalencies. A quiz for each system is included.
• Bonus: Activities for improving student understanding of measurement were added.
Units of Measurement Addressed:
• metric length – centimeters, meters, and kilometers*
• metric volume – milliliters and liters
• metric mass – milligrams*, grams, and kilograms
• metric temperature – degrees Celsius
• customary length – inches, feet, yards, and miles*
• customary capacity – cups, pints, quarts, and gallons
• customary weight – ounces, pounds, and tons*
• customary temperature – degrees Fahrenheit
• time – hours
• perimeter and area
*The topic for the student-led station on days with very small or very large units of measurement is number of items.
Estimation Station is not a stand-alone measurement unit. Instead, it is a piece that will improve your students’ conceptual knowledge of units of measurement and estimation. It can be used as preview or review, to kick off or supplement your current measurement unit, or for test prep.
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This product received a major facelift in July of 2015. It has not yet been field-tested in my classroom. If you find a mistake, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll send you a free product for helping me out.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS 4.MD.A.1, 4.MD.A.2, 4.MD.A.3, 5.MD.A.1