Part of Lesson Plan: Foundations of Measurement
Activity Overview / Details
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.
Materials / Resource
- Picture - Foot [ View Image ] [ Download Original ] Foot - Distance from the tip of a man's big toe to the heel.
- Picture - Feet [ View Image ] [ Download Original ] Rod - The sum of the lengths of the left feet of 16 men.
- Picture - Arm & Hand [ View Image ] [ Download Original ] Cubit - Distance from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow.
- Picture - Hand [ View Image ] [ Download Original ] Shaftment, Hand, Palm, Span, Finger, Digit - All measurements using the hand.