Mountain Man Measurement Rendezvous

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In this math lesson, learners participate in several activities where they apply measurement skills. Learners explore how the Mountain Men played an important part in the history of the American frontier and more importantly, how the Mountain Men used different techniques for making measurements in their daily activities. At the various stations, learners measure their jump distances, handfuls of "gold," water-soaked sponges, "buffalo chip" throws, arm spans, "stone" throws, "arrow" tosses, foot sizes, pots of beans, and "shooting" distances. This activity works well outside.

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 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Pompoms
  • Paper plates
  • Craft sticks
  • Straws
  • Marshmallows
  • Sponge
  • ml measuring container
  • Container for water
  • Bowl
  • Cans
  • Beans
  • Marbles
  • Metric weights
  • Meter and yard sticks
  • Measuring tape
  • Measuring wheel
  • Graph paper
  • Pencil
  • Rendezvous Event Directions
  • Rendezvous Recording Sheet
  • Balance


  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and History

Informal Categories

  • Historical Reenactment
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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