Sand Babies
Measurement
Download PDF Lesson 
Get Acrobat
A Printable version of this lesson is available in PDF format.
This requires a free plugin, Adobe Acrobat Reader.
You can find out if you need it by clicking on the PDF link.
Objective
Students will measure weight to the nearest pound and construct and interpret a bar
graph. Students will measure length using nonstandard units and determine area
using square tiles.
Overview of the Lesson
Students have many motivating opportunities to explore and investigate
measurement using standard and nonstandard units. They round their birth
weight to the nearest pound and construct a bar graph displaying the weights of the
entire class. Students measure and place enough sand into a plastic bag to equal
their birth weight. With construction paper, crayons and markers, they draw a head,
arms, and legs and turn the bags of sand into sand babies. At centers, they
investigate other types of measurement using nonstandard plastic links to measure
parts of their body and square tiles to measure the area of a footprint.
