This lesson was so simple, but it got the job done!
After school I created a blog post on my class blog that included a slide show of all the pictures I'd taken. The next morning I brought it up during breakfast and the kids were so excited! I'm not an expert in brain-based learning, but my understanding is that when they see the pictures of what they did and talk about it with each other or with their parents at home, they are strengthening their learning.
My students loved this lesson because they got to use manipulatives and because they thought their fish creations were awesome.
I loved it because:
1. It was hands-on.
2. Every student had to demonstrate their understanding of measurement by performing a task.
3. Measuring with two different sized units gave us the opportunity to discuss how the unit size affects our measuring.
4. Everyone was engaged.
5. It integrated several math concepts, literacy, and art.
6. The early finishers had something fun to do that kept them engaged, and everyone was motivated to do the measuring and writing because the fish were super cool.
It would have been great to look at and analyze our class data, but I didn't think of it in time, and they were so excited to take them home.
If you are teaching non-standard measurement, check out this video.
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