Part of Unit: Land Measurement
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
This activity teaches the student how to determine the length of their pace.
Lesson Activity - Calculating Pace
- 1 Hour
California Career and Technical Education Standards
- ANR.B.B12.1 Understand common surveying techniques used in agriculture (e.g., leveling, land...
- ANR.FS.11.0 Demonstration and Application
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
Objectives and Goals
- Follow written instructions and procedures.
- Be able to accomplish the stated task.
- Successfully apply math skills to perform required calculations.
Activities in this Lesson
- Quick Method of Measurement - Hooks / Set
Describe to the students a scenario in which you (the student) work for a rancher and your boss wants to know what the dimensions of a certain field are. He tells you that he needs the information right away and that the dimensions need to be within 2% accuracy.
Ask the students what they think would be the best technique to use and what tools would be needed to complete the task.
- Directions for Calculating your Pace - Lecture
Handout the instruction sheet for Calculating your Pace. Explain to the students where the exercise will be taking place and review the instructions on the worksheet. Prior to starting, demonstrate what would be considered to be a good stride. Emphasize that a focused approached is important and that your gait should be consistent. A "normal" stride is better than one that is stretched out. It does take a little practice to ensure a consistent gait and the more the students do it, the more accurate they will become when using this technique of measurement.
- Calculating Pace Worksheet [ Download ] Handout for the Students
- Calculating Pace Activity - Lab / Shop
Students begin walking the 100' distance, counting their steps and recording the result with each pass. Do this 10 times.
- Calculating Pace Activity - Closure
Once students have paced and recorded their data 10 times, instruct them to return to the classroom to perform their math calculations. Check their work (results will vary).
- Assessment Types:
- Projects, Demonstrations, Observations,
The students will have an assignment to complete and fill out. It is important that you check each student's work. Since the length of each student's pace will vary, the only way you'll know if they made accurate calculations is to check their math.