Author: Joanne Caniglia
Grade Level: 1-3
This activity gives the students the opportunity to see what an inch really looks like. It also provides them with a chance to be creative using various inch materials and to create a visual referent for what an inch is.
Objective: The student will be able to:
- Measure various materials using an inch ruler.
- Create an inch poster.
- Share designs with others.
Inch rulers, glue, scissors, 1 piece of construction paper, (ribbon, paper, yarn, string - will be cut into 10-inch pieces of materials).
Lionni, Leo. Inch by Inch. Scholastic Book Services, 1960
Activities and Procedures:
- Read the story Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni as an entire class activity.
- Review how to use an inch ruler.
- Explain that they are going to make an Inch Poster. Everything on the poster will be one inch in length.
- Each student will have one piece of construction paper. Give each student the strips of materials Have them cut these strips into one inch lengths.
- After they have finished cutting the strips, they are to make a design using their inch materials and gluing them on the entire construction piece of paper.
- Share the collages with their classmates and then display them. Students are also to search around the room for anything else that they could put on their poster. (Paper clips, erasers)
Evaluation: Assessment of this activity will occur in two ways:
- The sharing of the students' collages will ensure that students have measured correctly.
- The teacher could hold a series of objects in front of the class and ask if each item is 1 inch, more, or less.
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