Lesson Plan Industry Sector
Agriculture & Natural Resources

## Foundations of Measurement

### Lesson Plan Overview / Details

This lesson exposes the student to the history of distance measurement and the reasons that units of measure became standardized over time.

### Lesson Time

Instructional Time
1 Hour
Units of Measurement Exercise
1 Hour

### Objectives and Goals

Students will gain an understanding of the history of measurement and the evolution to today's standardized measurement units.

Grades:
9 to 12
Industries and Pathways:
Agriculture & Natural Resources

### Activities in this Lesson

• As students enter the classroom they will see pictures on the whiteboard of parts of the human body (parts of mannequins would work better). There would be a picture of a foot, a hand, an arm, a person standing with their arms fully extended, etc. After taking roll, I ask the students what is the significance of the pictures and/or how they are related.

I will select two different sized students and have them spread their arms out to demonstrate their "wingspan". Have one student measure an item, such as the whiteboard with his wingspan and then the other student. The measurement data will be different, which will lead into the discussion of non-standardized units of measure!

Use the attached pictures or make some of your own.

• This lesson is comprised of a power point presentation titled, "Foundations of Measurement", and one student measurement activity.

After the students have had a chance to discuss the visuals in the "hook/set" portion of the lesson, pass out a Student Outline to each student and begin the power point presentation. The student outline handout mirrors the power point with spaces for the students to take notes. Teacher leads discussion on each slide, students ask questions and we dialog about each slide. Students write information on their handout.

• Foundations of Measurement - Power Point [ Download ] Lesson Presentation
• Teacher Outline [ Download ] Teacher Version of the Student Outline
• Student Outline [ Download ] Student Outline
• This exercise gives students the opportunity to measure and compare their body parts to anthropomorphic units of measure and to discuss the problems of non-standardized units of measurement. Students will follow the directions on the worksheet and measure various objects in the room using their anthropomorphic measuring device. They will complete calculations based upon their measurements.

This worksheet may be used as a graded assignment or as a "check for understanding", or both.

• Units of Measurement Worksheet [ Download ] Student Worksheet

### Assessment

Assessment Types:
Observations, Worksheet,

Assessing the student's progress is done through the following:

1. Check for Understanding- teacher observes students working
2. Student Activity/Worksheet
3. Teacher Observations