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Activity 4:  Measuring Matter? (GLEs: 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 17)

Materials List:  rulers, yardsticks, measuring tapes, variety of classroom solids to be measured, recording sheets

Provide a variety of standard tools used to measure objects or materials such as inch and centimeter rulers, meter/yard sticks, and measuring tapes. Have students work with a partner to create a list of five classroom objects to measure (discuss with students how to select a variety of objects) and record which measuring tool they feel would be best suited for measuring the object. The student will select and use the measuring tools to complete the assignment. Students will record measurements on a teacher made recording sheet that reflects the object and the length. After the class has completed the assignment, students will discuss their rationale for choosing a specific tool for the tasks described.

         Were you satisfied with the accuracy of the measurement tool you selected?

         Could you have used a better tool for your object?

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