Activity: Compare Lengths

We are going to ...

Measure lengths in different ways.

How Will We Measure?

We will use these "measuring tools":

Paperclips
Your hand
A small piece of string
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!

Also measure the height of a chair.

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

 

How To Measure


This book is 5 paperclips wide

 


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.

 

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)    

 

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)    

 

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)    

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, ...