Measurements and Scale Drawings

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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
  1. Draw an inch on the board using a ruler and have students do the same on their worksheets.
  2. Describe what the different tick marks stand for on a ruler, including fractions of inches.
  3. As a class go over the beginning of the worksheet.
  4. Ask students to measure various objects and to record the length to the nearest quarter of an inch.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

Measuring Volume

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Name of Activity Measuring Volume
Author Laurie Cormler
Keywords units, perimeter, area, volume, measurements, surface area, LEGO
Subject Non-LEGO, LEGO Building
Grade Level 4, 5, 6
Time 1 Hour Total
Brief Description Students will learn about units, perimeter, area and volume by measuring various
objects around a room and finding their volume and surface area.
Lesson Objectives: To learn about volume, area, and perimeter.
To learn about three dimensional space.
Materials Needed: LEGO shapes (a cube of LEGO bricks)
Rulers
Scrap paper
Scissors
Tape
Preparation and Set Up: Make copies of activity worksheet (attached).
Arrange Students into groups of 2.
Distribute materials.
Necessary Background Vocabulary:
Area
Formula
Perimeter
Volume
Procedure
  1. Have students fill out the beginning of the worksheet that asks for definitions and formulas. If students do not know these formulas write them on the board and have students copy them down.
  2. Next, have student measure various objects in the room with units such as thumb or arm lengths.
  3. Next have students find the volume of LEGO shapes and figure out how many bricks would make the object a complete cube.
  4. Finally, have student create their own object using the template on the worksheet and figure out the volume using a ruler (The dimensions should fit on the paper).
Extensions: Have students find a conversion factor from thumb units to inches or centimeters.
Reference 1 http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/MeasuringVolumeWorksheet.doc
Reference 2 http://sites.tufts.edu/stompactivitydatabase/files/formidable/MeasuringVolumeWriteUp.doc

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