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In this math lesson, learners rotate through various centers while comparing and ordering objects according to length. Learners will discover that the length of an object is not altered by a change to its spatial position, even though it may appear to be longer or shorter than before.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Three shoeboxes
  • Various lengths of straws or sticks
  • Three place mats
  • Yarn
  • Masking tape
  • Animal Trail animals
  • Animal Trails recording sheet
  • Blue construction paper
  • Brown construction paper
  • Various items e.g.: straws, ribbons, popsicle sticks, toothpicks, pencils, crayons, paper strips, or pieces of string or yarn
  • A place mat with a Wikki Stix baseline for each pair


  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale

Informal Categories

  • Animals


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Includes assesments for student learning:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


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