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Sand Babies

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Students will measure weight to the nearest pound and construct and interpret a bar graph. Students will measure length using non-standard units and determine area using square tiles.

Overview of the Lesson

Students have many motivating opportunities to explore and investigate measurement using standard and non-standard 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 non-standard plastic links to measure parts of their body and square tiles to measure the area of a footprint.