Well...after our planning session last Wednesday, I could not WAIT to write this post.
We sat down to discuss measurement but realized that we had covered what we wanted in order to hit the standards but we weren't satisfied that they truly saw how measurement impacted their lives. Honestly, our minds were blank. We had nothing.
I pulled up EngageNY's lesson on measurement just to see if anything fired up our creative juices. What we found were some lessons on paths. YEP! That was it.
All of this conversation led to the construction of a small town in our classroom. Luckily (for this lesson only), we have very ugly green and tan tile. This was our nonstandard unit of measurement. I taped off the floor with black duct tape. Constructed a school, fire station, police station, post office, and a home with a cardboard box. Our firsties added some of their own buildings (like the bank below) as the lessons unfolded.
Jess and I decided that this was going to be a two day lesson. On day one we took a lot of time explaining the purpose and importance of measuring paths. Then we showed them the two paths that we had made using colored masking tape. After a bit of debate, the class decided to measure the path using the tiles on the floor.
The tiles were counted for each path and we recorded the information on the board. Our firsties were asked to determine the shorter path and explain why. The class then constructed their own path together as we followed with a third color of masking tape. We added this data to the board and put the three paths in order from longest to shortest.
To bring the lesson to a close, the students tried it out on their own in a paper format.
Day 2 played out much like the first; however, there were no paths when the students walked in. They constructed all three paths together and we asked them to come up with a short story to go along with why the individual was walking from one location to another.
Then they were asked to try it out on their own. It was so interesting to look at the different paths that the students created.
Now...not all of the sheets looked like this. Some students wanted to just cut diagonally across the whole sheet or some took the loooooongest route possible even though the directions said "shortest." But for the most part they could apply what they learned whole group to the independent practice.
And I have to admit...it was a lesson that came about rather spontaneously because of one worksheet we saw on EngageNY's website. But it was one of my f.a.v.o.r.i.t.e lessons from this year. I can't wait to do it again next year.
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