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fun ideas for measurement and perimeter
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Anyone have any cute activities for measurement? I saved this unit for the end, and want to do some fun things, but I don't have a lot. I also need to squeeze in area, perimeter and volume! We go out to the parking lot to draw figures and measure perimeter, but does anyone have anything else? Thanks!


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Build a house
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I have my kids make a house out of popcicle sticks. They have to tell me the perimeter of the house and all other measurements. They really enjoying doing this. They can get as creative as they want by adding a second story or garage.

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Let them experiment too
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In addition to traditional measures of inches, feet, yards, oz, lb, etc. Ask them to measure how many playing cards across the top of their desks, how many soda cans tall they are, how many steps from one side of the parking lot to the other, how many sticks of gum long is their math book, how many dice to cover a playing card, how many cheese slices to cover the desk top and so on. In addition to spicing it up, it would emphasize the importance of standardized units of measure.
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Classroom Perimeter Hunt
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Hi! I found this online lesson plan on conducting a classroom perimeter hunt. Check it out!

http://www.glc.k12.ga.us/BuilderV03/...asp?LPID=15324
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I paired up my students and had one partner lie down on butcher paper that was a little bigger than they were. The other partner had to trace them and then they had to measure parts (arms, fingers, width of hand, legs, feet. head. whole body, etc...). I required them to use either inches or centimeters as appropriate.

I also had them go around the room and measure different items (door height, 4 tiles on floor, TV screen, whiteboard, top of desk, etc...). The kids really enjoyed this. Of course, I had created a documentation sheet for them to use while measuring.

For perimeter and area, you can do something similar to what was mentioned above and just adapt.

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Candy Bars
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I just did an activity last week. I picked up a bunch of different candy bars, and had students measure and figure our area and perimeter of each. We even did circumference with Reeces cups.
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