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 Home > Teacher Lesson Plans > Archives > Lesson Plan L E S S O N     P L A N Oodles of Noodles Subject: Math/Measurement Grade: 3-5 Brief Description This lesson is designed as a hands-on approach to standard and non-standard measurement. Objectives Students understand and explore the concepts of standard and non-standard measurement. Keywords measurement, inches, centimeters Materials Needed ruler with centimeters and inches tag board (one sheet per student) pencil three types of noodles: curly, elbow, and ziti Lesson Plan Ask students: What is a ruler used for? What kinds of measurements appear on a ruler? (inches, centimeters) Explain that a ruler is a standard type of measuring tool. Explain that many common items can be used as measuring tools, such as paper clips, spoons, and noodles. Distribute the tag board. Write the following on the board:2 1/2 inches 6 inches 4 1/4 inches Tell students to use a ruler to draw a line for each length noted on the board. Circulate around the room to check for accuracy. Once the lines are drawn to the appropriate lengths, distribute the noodle shapes. Tell the students to measure the lines using noodles. Discuss why noodles are non-standard measuring tools. Have students glue the noodles to the tag board. Have students write a sentence for each example. For example:This line is 2 1/2 inches long. It is _____ curly noodles long. It is _____ elbow noodles long. It is _____ ziti noodles long. Variation: Write the lengths using metric units, such as centimeters, millimeters. Assessment To assess informally, circulate around the classroom and measure students' lines. To assess formally, you may wish to give a written quiz, including questions that ask the difference between standard and non-standard units of measurement. Lesson Plan Source Submitted By Rachelle Yungmann, Spring Hill Elementary School, Spring Hill, Florida SUBMIT YOUR LESSON PLAN 8/31/2001 In an effort to keep our Lesson Plan Database as current as possible, please email us to report any links that are not working.