|Grade span:||K to 8|
|Duration:||10 to 20 minutes|
Description:This sample lesson is one example of a Math Game that builds measurement skills. Using a Price is Right game scenario, students see, touch, or hear objects, and are then asked to use estimation to predict the object's size.
Learning Goals:For PreK-2
- Sort and classify objects
- Recognize and describe a rule for the classification of objects
- Understand length, volume, weight, area, and time
- Compare and order objects according to these attributes
- Understand how to measure using nonstandard and standard units
- Select an appropriate unit and tool to measure
- Understand such attributes as length, area, weight, volume, and size of angle, and select the appropriate type of unit for measuring each attribute
- Understand the need for measuring with standard units and become familiar with standard units in the customary and metric systems
- Carry out simple unit conversions, such as from centimeters to meters, within a system of measurement
- Understand that measurements are approximations and how differences in units affect precision
- Understand both metric and customary systems of measurement
- Understand the relationships among units and convert from one unit to another within the same system
- Understand, select, and use units of appropriate size and type to measure angles, perimeter, area, surface area, and volume
- Items to estimate length, volume, weight, area, time, and other age-appropriate attributes
- Stop watch
- Tape measure, scales and other tools to measure items
- Gather a variety of items to measure, and tools to conduct the measurement.
- Develop age-appropriate questions regarding the materials.
- Determine the order in which students will participate (for example, by picking names from a hat, etc.).
- Set group norms for play.
- Develop limitations for guessing amounts (within what amount is a correct answer?).
What to Do:
- Select a student or two to be contestants and to "come on down" to play the game.
- Explain to the students that they will be presented with an object and asked to answer a given question about the object (relating to its size).
- Present the players with the item, then ask your pre-selected question (see sample questions in the Teaching Tips). Choose items and corresponding sizes appropriate for the age of the player.
- After contestants make a higher/lower decision, have them check if they are correct by selecting a tool and completing the measurement to determine the actual size of the item.
- Encourage the audience to coach the player as they try to come up with the correct answer.