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A Measure
of Greatness


Subject: Mathematics
Grade: K-2, 3-5

Brief Description
Students participate in a variety of Olympic-type activities involving measurement.


Students practice applying measurement skills.


Olympics, measurement

Materials Needed

a variety of materials, such as paper plates, straws, cotton balls, sponges, plastic containers, cubes, counters, empty film canisters, salt, sand, water, various measuring tools, masking tape (See the complete list of materials at Classroom Olympics.)

Lesson Plan

Have students participate in a number of Olympic-type activities, such as a cotton ball shot put, paper plate discus throw, high arm jump, straw javelin throw, and sponge squeeze, as they practice measurement skills. A complete list of activities and directions can be found at the AIMS (Activities Integrating Math, Science, and Technology) Classroom Olympics (archived copy).


Evaluate students based on observation.

Lesson Plan Source

AIMS Education Foundation

Submitted By

Linda Starr

National Standards



Updated 12/15/2014