The Length of My Foot

Source Institutions

Utah Education Network

In this math lesson, learners explore the concept of using units to measure length. Learners first read "How Big is a Foot" by Rolf Myller and learn about units. Then, learners visit four measurement centers. In each center, learners will measure items with various kinds of units. Learners use non-standard units to measure their shoes, the distance between beanbags and a bullâ€™s-eye target, their body parts (arms, legs, etc.), and some everyday objects. This lesson guide includes instructions on how to set up a "Shoe Store" dramatic play area that can be used to introduce learners to measurement prior to this activity.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
30 to 45 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

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)

• "How Big is a Foot" by Rolf Myller
• Brightly colored box
• Left shoe
• Right shoe
• Child-sized pair of scissors
• Heel to Toe recording sheets
• Shoe
• Regular-sized paperclips
• Connecting cubes
• Wooden blocks
• Lima beans
• Toothpicks
• A bull's-eye target board
• 6 pairs of bean bags, each set a different color
• One of these nonstandard units of measurement: connecting cubes, jumbo paperclips, or straws cut identical lengths
• 6 crayon boxes
• 6 pieces of chalk
• 6 blocks
• 6 markers
• Jumbo pipe cleaner
• Grab Bag Measurements
• Bag or sack
• Measuring Me! recording sheets
• Paper for four graphs with titles and pictures

Subjects

• Life Sciences
• Human Body
• Mathematics
• Data Analysis and Probability
• Data Analysis
• Data Collection
• Data Representation
• Measurement
• Units of Measurement
• Size and Scale

• Literature
• Toys

Audience

• see
• see color
• be mobile
• touch

Learning styles supported:

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

Other

• Free access

By:

• Lyman, Nichol

Rights:

• All Rights Reserved, Utah Education Network in partnership with the Utah State Office of Education and Higher Ed Utah,