# Measurements and Scale Drawings

Name of Activity

Measurements and Scale Drawings

Author

Erika Goodwin

Keywords

rulers, measuring, measurements, ruler, scale, fractions, floor plan

Subject

Non-LEGO

Grade Level

K, 1, 2, 3

Time

1 Hour Total

Brief Description

To introduce rulers as a way of measuring.

Lesson Objectives:

To learn how to measure using a ruler.

Materials Needed:

Activity worksheet for each student.

Pencil.

Various objects students can measure.

Preparation and Set Up:

Photocopy the worksheet.

Graph paper.

Distribute materials.

Necessary Background

Vocabulary:

measuring

ruler

scale

fractions

floor plan

Procedure

- Draw an inch on the board using a ruler and have students do the same on their worksheets.
- Describe what the different tick marks stand for on a ruler, including fractions of inches.
- As a class go over the beginning of the worksheet.
- Ask students to measure various objects and to record the length to the nearest quarter of an inch.
- Introduce the concept of scaling. An image may be scaled when its size is much larger or smaller in real life then the size you are trying to present it at. Tell students about how scaling is used in models and pictures.
- Have students measure their desk, and then produce a scale drawing on graph paper.

Reference 1

http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/MeasureScaledDrawingWorksheet2.doc