Activity: Compare Lengths

Let's ...

Measure lengths in different ways.

How Will We Measure?

We will use these "measuring tools":

paperclips Paperclips
handspan Your hand
string A small piece of string
personal measure step Your steps

Gather Items to Measure

We want some things to measure! Gather up these items:

  • A small book
  • A large book
  • A pencil
  • A plate
  • A bag

Put them all on a Table, which you can also measure!

back of chair

Also measure the height of a chair.

And the width and length of the Room you are in.

 

How To Measure

paperclips across
This book is 5 paperclips wide

 

compare lengths paperclips
If you don't have enough paperclips, then pick up
the ones you started with and use them again

You can put the chair on its side to measure it.

 

paperclips

Using Paperclips

For each item:

  • First guess how many Paperclips the length is
  • Then measure it using the Paperclips
Item Guess Actual
Example: Small Book 3 4
Small Book    
Large Book    
Plate    
Bag    
Chair (height)    
Table (width)    
Table (length)    

 

handspan

Using Your Hands:

First guess how many "hands" are needed, then do the actual measurement:

Item Guess Actual
Small Book    
Large Book    
Plate    
Bag    
Chair (height)    
Table (width)    
Table (length)    

 

string

Using String:

First guess how many lengths of your string are needed, then do the actual measurement:

Item Guess Actual
Chair (height)    
Table (width)    
Table (length)    
Room (width)    
Room (length)    

personal measure step

Using Your Steps:

Now step out these distances:

Item Guess Actual
Chair (height)    
Table (width)    
Table (length)    
Room (width)    
Room (length)    

From Smallest to Largest

Lastly, list all the items you measured, from the smallest to largest distance.

Example: Small book, Plate, ...