This three-activity lesson plan for measuring and graphing in grades 2,3, and/or 4 involves almost everything you need to create a real-life learning experience for your students. The three activities outlined in the lesson include:
1. Measuring parts of one's body using metric units
2. Exploring parts of the classroom to gain experience with metric units and body referents. (i.e.: the width of a pinky is approx. 1 cm.)
3. Using decimeter cords within the classroom (Decimeter cord how-to included)
The lesson cites NCTM standards, professional resources, includes teacher dialogue/question ideas, and gives differentiation ideas also.