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Measurement Lesson Plan

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    GENERAL MATHEMATICS

    Math Dice Review Game
    Kaitlin Kelly, a student at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, submitted this lesson, which can be used to reinforce almost any math computation skill. (Grades 3-12)

    Exploring Height With Abe Lincoln
    Megan Mulcahy, who teaches at Forest Acres Elementary School in Easley, South Carolina, submitted this lesson in which students determine how they measure up to Abe Lincoln. (Grades K-5)

    Perplexing Puzzles
    Melissa Thomas, who teaches at Dacula (Georgia) Middle School, submitted this lesson in which students graph the number of pieces of a puzzle put together at 5-minute intervals. (Grades 3-8)

    Investigating Volume
    Erin Coy, who teaches at Dacusville Elementary School in Easley, South Carolina, submitted this lesson in which students "discover" the concept of volume. (Grades 3-8)

    Doubles Plus One
    Patti Woodhull, who teaches at Vista Fundamental School in Simi Valley, California, submitted this game in which students practice doubling numbers. Player with the most X's on the gameboard wins! (Grades 1-5)

    Button Math (and Button BINGO)
    Mindy Martincic, a student at the University of Pittsburgh (Johnstown, Pennsylvania), submitted this lesson in which buttons are used to teach or reinforce the concepts of greater than and less than. Also sets and attributes. (Grades K-2)

    Survey Says...
    Veronica Davis, who teaches as Hector P. Garcia Elementary School in Temple, Texas, submitted this lesson in which student create and conduct surveys and report the results in graph and letter form. (Grades 3-8)

    Popcorn Fractions
    Diane Meehan, who teaches at Trinity Lutheran School in Freistatt, Missouri, submitted this hands-on lesson that uses popcorn to teach about fractions. (Grades 3-5)

    Find the Mean, Median, and Range (A Mathematical Game)
    Melba Smithwick, who teaches at Paul R. Haas Middle School in Corpus Christi, Texas, submitted this lesson in which students use playing cards to reinforce finding the mean, median, and range of data. (Grades 3-12)

    Greater Than or Less Than With "Mr. Great"
    Yitty Lev, who teaches at Queens Gymnasia in Queens, New York, submitted this lesson, which offers a fun way to help students grasp the concepts greater than and less than. (Grades K-5)

    Game Board Review
    Kris Gazdziak, who teaches at Naperville (Illinois) Central High School, submitted this week's lesson, which provides a great review game for all grades, all subjects. (Grades K-12)

    Circles, Squares, Triangles and Rectangles In Our World
    Ms. K. Berni, who teaches at Faith Lutheran Child Care Center in Pasadena, California, submitted this week's lesson, which offers five days of activities for teaching young students about shapes. (Grades Pre-K-2)

    The Price Is Right
    Christa Broadwater of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (Pennsylvania) submitted this week's lesson in which students use a variation on "The Price Is Right" to learn that different coin combinations can have the same value. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Fraction Fun WithThe Doorbell Rang
    Pauline Finlay, who teaches at Holy Trinity Elementary School in Torbay, Newfoundland, submitted this week's lesson in which the children's book The Doorbell Rang (by Pat Hutchins) stimulates fraction learning and fun. (Grades K-4)

    Mad Math Desk Derby
    Stephanie Templet, who teaches at Galvez Middle School in Prairieville, Louisiana, submitted this week's lesson in which students review and practice math facts by playing a fun game. (Grades K-8)

    Fast Facts
    Linda Nation, who teaches at Crockett Elementary School in Bryan, Texas, submitted this week's lesson in which students play a fun, hands-on game to reinforce basic math-facts skills. (Grades K-8)

    Sports and Hobby Math
    Melissa Thomas, who teaches at Dacula (Georgia) Middle School, submitted this lesson, in which students write about ways in which they use math in a favorite sport or hobby. (Grades 3-12)

    Number Line Game
    Sr. Ann Claire Rhoads, who teaches at Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore, Maryland, submitted this week's lesson, which offers a game that reinforces number line concepts and the addition of positive and negative numbers. (Grades 3-8)

    Gold Rush California and Its Diverse Population
    Roselyn Wang, a student at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, submitted this week's lesson, in which students compare the population of California today and at the start of the Gold Rush in the 1850s. (Grades 6-12)

    Jump Rope Math
    Laurie McGrath, who teaches at Holy Trinity Elementary School in St. John's, Newfoundland, submitted this fun-filled math game that can be used to reinforce math skills across the grades. (Grades PreK-12)

    Red Square, Red Square, What Do You See?
    Susanne Shorday DiMarco, who teaches at Abington Presbyterian Nursery School in Abington, Pennsylvania, submitted this week's lesson, in which students create a book in the style of Eric Carle that reinforces color and shape awareness. (Grades PreK-2)

    Measurement Masterpiece
    Laura Graham, who teaches at Tri-City Christian School in Independence, Missouri, submitted this lesson, in which students use their measurement and estimation skills to create a "measurement masterpiece." (Grades K-5)

    Equivalent Fraction Bingo
    Raymundo V. De Jesus, who teaches at the Harriet Tubman Learning Center (P.S. 154M) in New York City, submitted this lesson in which students play a BINGO-like game to reinforce equivalent fraction skills. (Grades 3-8)

    Talking About Your Name in Math Terms
    Paulina Jurkijevic, who teaches at Bakewell Primary School in Palmerston, Northern Territory (Australia), submitted this lesson in which students examine their own names in mathematical terms. (Grades K-12)

    Yummy Gummy Subtraction
    Submitted by Tori Ledlow
    Tori Ledlow, who teaches at Pinson (Alabama) Elementary School, submitted this weeks yummy hands-on lesson, in which gummy bears are used to teach simple subtraction. (Grades PreK-2)

    Positive and Negative Integers: A Card Game
    Submitted by Pam Harper
    Pam Harper, who teaches at Rockville (Indiana) Jr/Sr High School, submitted this lesson -- a card game in which black cards have positive values and red cards have negative values. (Grades 6-12)

    Shopping Spree
    Submitted by Julie Graves
    Julie Graves, who teaches at Centre (Alabama) Middle School, submitted this weeks lesson. Students go on a shopping spree that requires them to calculate discount amounts and sales tax on merchandise. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Puzzle Boxes for Any Subject
    Submitted by Pauline Finlay
    This lesson can be done daily or used as a special weekly lesson. Students love the anticipation of a Puzzle Box: It's an opportunity to challenge students and reward them for using critical-thinking skills. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Clear the Cobwebs!
    Submitted by Pam Gregory
    This lesson provides a fun way for students to brush up on material after a weekend or before a test. (Grades K-12)

    Web Adventure -- Oakland to Chicago Flight
    Submitted by Caryn Long
    Take off with an exciting online math lesson! (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Use Boolean Search Terms to Shorten Web Searches
    Submitted by VaReane Heese
    VaReane Heese teaches at Springfield Elementary School in Springfield, Nebraska. Students learn to use Boolean search terms and make Web searching more efficient. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Advanced)

    Estimation
    Submitted by Chris McKeever
    Students estimate the cost of individual items found on a typical grocery list. (Grades 3-5)

    Birds, Fractions and Percentages
    Submitted by Regina Marsters
    Students learn fractions and percentages in real-life applications. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    My Hero -- A Class Mural
    Submitted by Linda Scudder
    Students discuss heroism and make a collaborative black and white mural of a hero. (Grades 6-8)

    Pokemon Are Smart and Healthy
    Submitted by Janelle Schumacher
    Students play a dodge-ball type game as they perform a number of mental and physical challenges. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Apple Adjectives
    Submitted by Monique W. Healy
    Working in cooperative groups, students will use the Dole internet site to 1) identify and alphabetize apples, 2) make a table, 3) read a table, and 4) construct a bar graph and/or a pie chart. (Grades 3-5)

    Domino Math
    Submitted by Gwen Hogue
    By making dominoes with different combinations of addition and multiplication problems, students will use a familiar game to learn math skills. Students will build skills in math by matching the answers. (Grades 3-5)

    ALGEBRA

    Linear Equations Game
    Ms. Madhavi Dhande, who teaches at Sree Chaitanya Public School in Delhi, India, submitted this lesson, which provides a game where students pair up to solve linear equations for the value of a variable. (Grades 7-12)

    Perplexing Puzzles
    Melissa Thomas, who teaches at Dacula (Georgia) Middle School, submitted this lesson in which students graph the number of pieces of a puzzle put together at 5-minute intervals. (Grades 3-8)

    Graph Mole
    Sulan Dun of Redmond, Washington, creator of this and other learning games found at FunBasedLearning.com, shares this engaging game that teaches students about, and provides practice in, plotting points on a coordinate plane. (Grades 3-8)

    Play Battleship on Graph Paper
    Peter Heusinger, who teaches at Stratford High School in Goose Creek, South Carolina, submitted this lesson in which the board game Battleship is adapted to teach coordinate plane algebra. (Grades 3-12)

    Greater Than or Less Than With "Mr. Great"
    Yitty Lev, who teaches at Queens Gymnasia in Queens, New York, submitted this lesson, which offers a fun way to help students grasp the concepts greater than and less than. (Grades K-5)

    Number Line Game
    Sr. Ann Claire Rhoads, who teaches at Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore, Maryland, submitted this week's lesson, which offers a game that reinforces number line concepts and the addition of positive and negative numbers. (Grades 3-8)

    Positive and Negative Integers: A Card Game
    Submitted by Pam Harper
    Pam Harper, who teaches at Rockville (Indiana) Jr/Sr High School, submitted this lesson -- a card game in which black cards have positive values and red cards have negative values. (Grades 6-12)

    Call Me
    Submitted by Crystal Schweickert
    What is the real story behind all those 10-10 numbers we see advertised on TV? In this WebQuest project, students write essays to persuade their families to use a particular long-distance phone plan. Students will compare a 10-10 plan to a regular long-distance plan. They will develop equations and graphs for both of the plans and use this information to support their essays.
    (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    APPLIED MATHEMATICS

    Take a Roller Coaster Ride
    VaReane Heese, who teaches at Springfield Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska, submitted this lesson in which students design a roller coaster. They will learn about different types of coasters as they design their own and test it for success. (Grades 3-12)

    Sports and Hobby Math
    Melissa Thomas, who teaches at Dacula (Georgia) Middle School, submitted this lesson, in which students write about ways in which they use math in a favorite sport or hobby. (Grades 3-12)

    Shopping the Sunday Circular
    Amy Wheaton, who teaches at Foley Intermediate School in Foley, Alabama, submitted this lesson, in which students figure the cost-per-unit of a variety of items in a grocery store's sale circular.

    Money Management: Grocery Shopping for a Family Profile
    Shirley Huinink, who teaches at Laurentian Hills Christian School in Kitchener, Ontario (Canada), submitted this week's lesson in which students work in groups to create menus and shopping lists for one of five profiled families. (Grades 6-12)

    Shopping Spree
    Submitted by Julie Graves
    Julie Graves, who teaches at Centre (Alabama) Middle School, submitted this weeks lesson. Students go on a shopping spree that requires them to calculate discount amounts and sales tax on merchandise. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Franchise Opportunity
    Submitted by Amy Derr, East Lyme (Connecticut) High School
    Students use a questionnaire to guide them as they explore and evaluate a business franchise opportunity. (Grades 9-12)

    Bubbles Galore
    Submitted by Kellie Slaughter
    Students blow bubbles, measure them, and predict their staying power. (Grades 3-5)

    Ladybug Math
    Submitted by Krista Weiss
    This hands-on activity involves students in solving simple addition problems. (Grades K-2)

    On the Track With NASCAR
    Submitted by VaReane Heese
    Students learn about stock car racing while developing skills in language and math. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Does The Type of Mulch Used Affect Plant Growth?
    Submitted by Nadine LaMonte
    Does the type of mulch used affect plant growth? Use cypress mulch, cedar mulch, and pine bark. The control group is the type of plant used. The variable group is the type of mulch used. The experiment lasts for at least seven days. (Grades 3-5)

    My Life in Math Class
    Submitted by Brenda Dyck
    At the beginning of the school year I assign "My Life In Math Class' to my Grade Six Math class. This is a writing assignment in which I require students to reflect on their Mathematical past. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    ARITHMETIC

    Math Dice Review Game
    Kaitlin Kelly, a student at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, submitted this lesson, which can be used to reinforce almost any math computation skill. (Grades 3-12)

    Doubles Plus One
    Patti Woodhull, who teaches at Vista Fundamental School in Simi Valley, California, submitted this game in which students practice doubling numbers. Player with the most X's on the gameboard wins! (Grades 1-5)

    Game Board Review
    Kris Gazdziak, who teaches at Naperville (Illinois) Central High School, submitted this week's lesson, which provides a great review game for all grades, all subjects. (Grades K-12)

    The Price Is Right
    Christa Broadwater of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (Pennsylvania) submitted this week's lesson in which students use a variation on "The Price Is Right" to learn that different coin combinations can have the same value. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Mad Math Desk Derby
    Stephanie Templet, who teaches at Galvez Middle School in Prairieville, Louisiana, submitted this week's lesson in which students review and practice math facts by playing a fun game. (Grades K-8)

    Fast Facts
    Linda Nation, who teaches at Crockett Elementary School in Bryan, Texas, submitted this week's lesson in which students play a fun, hands-on game to reinforce basic math-facts skills. (Grades K-8)

    Shopping the Sunday Circular
    Amy Wheaton, who teaches at Foley Intermediate School in Foley, Alabama, submitted this lesson, in which students figure the cost-per-unit of a variety of items in a grocery store's sale circular.

    Number Line Game
    Sr. Ann Claire Rhoads, who teaches at Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore, Maryland, submitted this week's lesson, which offers a game that reinforces number line concepts and the addition of positive and negative numbers. (Grades 3-8)

    Jump Rope Math
    Laurie McGrath, who teaches at Holy Trinity Elementary School in St. John's, Newfoundland, submitted this fun-filled math game that can be used to reinforce math skills across the grades. (Grades PreK-12)

    Yummy Gummy Subtraction
    Submitted by Tori Ledlow
    Tori Ledlow, who teaches at Pinson (Alabama) Elementary School, submitted this weeks yummy hands-on lesson, in which gummy bears are used to teach simple subtraction. (Grades PreK-2)

    Doughnut Race
    Submitted by Tara Snider, Albertville (Alabama) Elementary School
    Students practice math facts in this fast-paced and fun Doughnut Race. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Fraction Spelling
    Submitted by Spring Charles
    Students create fractions to represent the number of vowels and consonants in each spelling word. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Math Facts Game
    Submitted by Charity Cleveland, Oneonta, Alabama
    This lesson uses math flash cards to play a game that provides math facts practice. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Ladybug Math
    Submitted by Krista Weiss
    This hands-on activity involves students in solving simple addition problems. (Grades K-2)

    Telling Time
    Submitted by Peggy Goodwin
    This fun activity involves students in learning how to tell time.
    (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Counting with Marshmallows and Licorice
    Submitted by Lisa Miller
    Lisa Miller, who teaches at Riverside Elementary School in Toledo, Ohio, submitted this week's lesson. Students use marshmallows and licorice sticks to help students understand the concepts of tens and ones.
    (Grades Pre-K, K-2)

    Twenty-Five: Twenty-Five: A Math Card Game
    Submitted by Annette Perez
    Annette Perez, who teaches at Dora Erickson Elementary School in Idaho Falls, Idaho, submitted this week's lesson, a fun card game that challenges students to do simple addition and subtraction quickly. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Writing Newsletters!
    Submitted by Joanne Hughes
    Students listen to the teacher read the book Deadline! by Gail Gibbons and learn about newspapers. The class brainstorms differences between newspapers and newsletters. The students are then asked to choose a favorite topic and create the front page of their own newsletter. (Grades 3-5)

    Decorate-a-Cookie
    Submitted by Wendy S. Rosenberg
    Students will find this a delicious way to practice finding the sum of three single-digit numbers. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Subtraction Action!
    Submitted by Barbara Davis
    In this subtraction game, the teacher says a number between 1 and 19 and teams of students think of subtraction problems with that number as the answer. (Grades K-2)

    What Do You Use to Play the Blues?
    Submitted by Clyde Winters
    As part of a study of the blues, students will work in groups to design and create a musical instrument and then write a report explaining how their design met the challenge of making music from "found" materials. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

    Introduction to Fractions
    Submitted by Mimi Weitz
    This is a lesson I use to introduce fractions to learning disabled students. It can also be used for younger grades. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    GEOMETRY

    Sports and Geometry
    Debbie Miskiel, who teaches at Workman High School in La Puente, California, submitted this lesson in which students learn how geometry concepts play a role in many sports. (Grades 6-12)

    Geo-Critters (Geometry Critters)
    Loretta Greenough, a student at the University of Idaho, submitted this lesson that integrates literature (The Math Curse by Jon Scieszka) and math as students create geometry critters from four shapes. (Grades 2-5)

    Graph Mole
    Sulan Dun of Redmond, Washington, creator of this and other learning games found at FunBasedLearning.com, shares this engaging game that teaches students about, and provides practice in, plotting points on a coordinate plane. (Grades 3-8)

    Investigating Volume
    Erin Coy, who teaches at Dacusville Elementary School in Easley, South Carolina, submitted this lesson in which students "discover" the concept of volume. (Grades 3-8)

    Circles, Squares, Triangles and Rectangles In Our World
    Ms. K. Berni, who teaches at Faith Lutheran Child Care Center in Pasadena, California, submitted this week's lesson, which offers five days of activities for teaching young students about shapes. (Grades Pre-K-2)

    Red Square, Red Square, What Do You See?
    Susanne Shorday DiMarco, who teaches at Abington Presbyterian Nursery School in Abington, Pennsylvania, submitted this week's lesson, in which students create a book in the style of Eric Carle that reinforces color and shape awareness. (Grades PreK-2)

    Discover the Pythagorean Theorem
    Narinder Jeet Makkar, who teaches at Salwan Public School in New Delhi, Delhi (India), submitted this week's lesson, in which students discover the Pythagorean Theorem and find a real-world example of it. (Grades 6-12)

    Two-Dimensional Geometric Shapes
    Submitted by Raymundo V. De Jesus
    Raymundo V. De Jesus, a teacher at Harriet Tubman Learning Center -- PS 154M, in New York City submitted this week's lesson, which has students completing hands-on activities about geometric shapes! (Grades K-2)

    Easy as Pi!
    Submitted by Brenda Lium
    Brenda Lium, who teaches at Agassiz Middle School, in Fargo, North Dakota, submitted this week's lesson. Students find circular objects and then use the objects to find the pattern of pi. (Grades 6-8)

    MEASUREMENT

    Exploring Height With Abe Lincoln
    Megan Mulcahy, who teaches at Forest Acres Elementary School in Easley, South Carolina, submitted this lesson in which students determine how they measure up to Abe Lincoln. (Grades K-5)

    Investigating Volume
    Erin Coy, who teaches at Dacusville Elementary School in Easley, South Carolina, submitted this lesson in which students "discover" the concept of volume. (Grades 3-8)

    Popcorn Fractions
    Diane Meehan, who teaches at Trinity Lutheran School in Freistatt, Missouri, submitted this hands-on lesson that uses popcorn to teach about fractions. (Grades 3-5)

    The Price Is Right
    Christa Broadwater of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (Pennsylvania) submitted this week's lesson in which students use a variation on "The Price Is Right" to learn that different coin combinations can have the same value. (Grades K-2, 3-5)

    Fraction Fun WithThe Doorbell Rang
    Pauline Finlay, who teaches at Holy Trinity Elementary School in Torbay, Newfoundland, submitted this week's lesson in which the children's book The Doorbell Rang (by Pat Hutchins) stimulates fraction learning and fun. (Grades K-4)

    Shopping the Sunday Circular
    Amy Wheaton, who teaches at Foley Intermediate School in Foley, Alabama, submitted this lesson, in which students figure the cost-per-unit of a variety of items in a grocery store's sale circular.

    Measurement Masterpiece
    Laura Graham, who teaches at Tri-City Christian School in Independence, Missouri, submitted this lesson, in which students use their measurement and estimation skills to create a "measurement masterpiece." (Grades K-5)

    Discover the Pythagorean Theorem
    Narinder Jeet Makkar, who teaches at Salwan Public School in New Delhi, Delhi (India), submitted this week's lesson, in which students discover the Pythagorean Theorem and find a real-world example of it. (Grades 6-12)

    Lighting the Perimeter
    Submitted by Lisa Nash
    Lisa Nash, who teaches at Hunter Elementary School, in Toledo, Ohio, submitted this week's lesson. Students use their knowledge of perimeter to determine the number of lights that would be needed to decorate the outside of a house for the holidays. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    Area and Perimeter
    Submitted by Narinder Jeet Makkar
    Narinder Jeet Makkar, who teaches at Salwan Public School in New Delhi, India, submitted this week's lesson, which is designed to help students discover the formulas for computing area and perimeter of squares and rectangles. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

    Oodles of Noodles
    Submitted by Rachelle Yungmann
    Rachelle Yungmann teaches at Spring Hill Elementary School in Spring Hill, Florida. Her lesson is a hands-on activity about measurement. (Grades 3-5)

    Easy as Pi!
    Submitted by Brenda Lium
    Brenda Lium teaches at Agassiz Middle School in Fargo, North Dakota. In her lesson, students find circular objects and then use the objects to find the pattern of pi. (Grades 6-8)

    Seeds of Life
    Submitted by Debbie DeBartolo
    Teacher makes charts labeled with the names of various fruits and vegetables in each square. Students glue real seeds for those fruits and vegetables in the correct squares. (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8)

    Big Foot
    Submitted by Kathy Ridder
    In this lesson, students measure the length of their feet and shoes using nonstandard measurements. (Grades K-2)

    Lighting the Perimeter
    Submitted by Lisa Nash
    Students will take a photograph of a house, use the photograph to determine the house's perimeter, and determine the number of lights needed to decorate the house. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

    PROCESS SKILLS

    Two-Dimensional Geometric Shapes
    Submitted by Raymundo V. De Jesus
    Raymundo V. De Jesus, a teacher at Harriet Tubman Learning Center -- PS 154M, in New York City submitted this week's lesson, which has students completing hands-on activities about geometric shapes! (Grades K-2)

    STATISTICS

    Perplexing Puzzles
    Melissa Thomas, who teaches at Dacula (Georgia) Middle School, submitted this lesson in which students graph the number of pieces of a puzzle put together at 5-minute intervals. (Grades 3-8)

    Survey Says...
    Veronica Davis, who teaches as Hector P. Garcia Elementary School in Temple, Texas, submitted this lesson in which student create and conduct surveys and report the results in graph and letter form. (Grades 3-8)

    Find the Mean, Median, and Range (A Mathematical Game)
    Melba Smithwick, who teaches at Paul R. Haas Middle School in Corpus Christi, Texas, submitted this lesson in which students use playing cards to reinforce finding the mean, median, and range of data. (Grades 3-12)

    Shopping the Sunday Circular
    Amy Wheaton, who teaches at Foley Intermediate School in Foley, Alabama, submitted this lesson, in which students figure the cost-per-unit of a variety of items in a grocery store's sale circular.

    Gold Rush California and Its Diverse Population
    Roselyn Wang, a student at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, submitted this week's lesson, in which students compare the population of California today and at the start of the Gold Rush in the 1850s. (Grades 6-12)