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Description:Children at this age will have difficulty in making accurate estimations in many areas of the curriculum. It is oftentimes hard to visualize a particular size much less know what the correct corresponding measurement would be.

Grades: 1, 2

Educational Support Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Debbie Ballard, The Community School, Ketchum, Idaho

Objectives: Students will be able to

- Read a story and participate in a discussion about size, measurement and giant's.
- Review the lines and numbers on the centimeter rod and tape.

- Estimate what they think their:
- a. height would be.
- b. circumference would be.
- c. length of foot would be.

This information will be recorded on a graph.- Take measurements of their own height, circumference and length of foot. This is to be done with a partner.

- Make estimations of what they think a giant's:
- a. height would be.
- b. circumference would be.
- c. length of foot would be.

This information will be recorded on a graph.- Some students will estimate how many footsteps it would take their giant to walk to various locations throughout the school. (Example: how many footsteps to the office, community room or to their science room?)
- Some students will draw and paint a giant using estimated measurements.
- Some students will write a story about a giant.

Activities

- The teacher will begin the lesson by reading with students the big book entitled
Jack and the Beanstalk.- Teacher and students will share in a discussion about giants, the concept of size, measurement, and making estimations.
- Students will make a chart with their teacher where estimations are recorded. This chart will make estimations of what they think their height, circumference, and length of foot will be.
- Students will review the use of a centimeter rod and tape.
- Students will work with a partner and use centimeter rods and tapes to measure each other's height, circumference and length of foot.
- Students will return to a discussion group and talk about their actual measurements and their estimations.
- Students will then make a chart with their teacher where estimations are recorded. This chart will make estimations of what they think a giant's height, circumference, and length of foot will be.
- Students will then break up into small groups and proceed with one of the following activities:

- Making a giant's foot from construction paper and discovering how many foot lengths it takes to go to various locations in the school.

- Making a giant using estimated measurements. Students will draw and paint their giant on a large piece of butcher paper.
- Writing a story about a giant.

Resources:

- Teacher materials: The big book entitled
Jack and the Beanstalk.Chart paper.

- Student materials: Centimeter rods and tapes, butcher paper, construction paper, pencils, paints, scissors.

Evaluation: See No. 8 in Activities.

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