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Become a body ruler! Measure ears, arms, legs, or feet to gain a familiarity with metric lengths. Chart your findings in a colorful sketch.
Tell students you are taking away all linear measuring instruments: rulers, yard sticks, etc. Ask students how they would measure things without these tools. Then ask how their abilities to measure without a system such as inches or millimeters. What "tools" could they use to calculate length? An arm? A leg? If so, what would happen as they grew?
Invite students to measure at least three body parts such as an ear height, finger length, or foot width. With Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, students record their findings in millimeters (and inches if you are just learning the metric system) on a chart. If time permits, measure additional body parts such a forearm, the length from one's knee to the floor, etc. Record these mesurements on charts.
On a large piece of \craft paper, students work in teams of two to outline their bodies. Cut out paper body parts lengths such ss arms and legs with Crayola Scissors. Students label the length of each piece. With a Crayola Glue Stick, attach them in place on your outline. Decorate a colorful border with Crayola Markers.
Working in teams, students select one of their body lengths and measure typical classroom items sucha as the length and height of a white board, width of a door, height of a window, length of a new pencil, etc. Record measurements and document the type of measurement tool used (length of an arm, length of an index finger, etc.).
As a whole class activity, discuss the challenges faced when no standard unit of measure is available.
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