Lesson Plan Industry Sector
Agriculture & Natural Resources

## Land Area Measurements

### Lesson Plan Overview / Details

This activity guides the student through the process of measuring a plot of land using various measurement techniques such as pacing, taping, or using odometers or electronic devices.

### Lesson Time

Land Area Measurements
1 Hour

### Objectives and Goals

• Students will be able to follow written instructions and procedures.
• Successfully apply math skills to perform required calculations.
• Be able to accomplish the stated task.

### Teacher Prep Section

To prepare for this exercise, you will need to find an area near the classroom that you can designate as an area to measure. The size of the area should be near an acre in size. It could be an existing building also. Use whatever means at your disposal to mark points 1., 2., and 3 (see Land Area Measurement Exercise worksheet) on the ground or some landmark (corner of a building, edge of a concrete walkway, etc.). Perform the same measurement techniques you will have the students do and come up with your own set of data and calculations. This will serve as a reference or key to the exercise.

### Activities in this Lesson

• Land Area Measurement - Hooks / Set

"What are we going to do today Mr. Piersma?" "We are going outside!!!" "Horraayyyy!!!"

• This exercise will bring all of the students prior learning on Land Measurement together in one activity. A plot of land has been designated to measure and the students are given a scenario (see Land Area Measurement Exercise Worksheet) to check to see if the plot is one acre in size as advertised. The students will utilize various measurement techniques to complete the task, and compare/contrast the application and efficiency of each.

Some of the forms of land measure are suitable for the students to do individually such as pacing and using the odometer.  Taping will require the students to work in groups of two or more, depending on how many tapes and odometers you have.

You could start this exercise by having all students measure by pacing and then bring everyone back together to compare/contrast results.  Then send the students out in teams to tape or use the odometer to make the same measurements.  The size of the team will depend on how many tapes and odometers you have.  A source for odometers may be your local equipment rental and/or contractors in your area.  100' long pieces of nylon rope (1/4" diameter works well) may substitute for a tape as long as the students don't pull it too tight.

Another way to modify this exercise is to taylor it to specific points you have on campus and then adjust the instructions accordingly.