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Measurement Measurement is a part of our everyday life In every aspect of our life there is some type of measurement involved Middle grade students encounter measurement ideas both in and out of school Measurement experiences show them practical application of mathematics Geddes 1 Measurement involves a comparison of an item that is being measured with a unit that has the same attribute for example length volume or weight To measure anything meaningfully the attribute to be measured must be understood Meaningful measurement and estimation of measurements depend on familiarity with the unit of measure being used Measurement instruments are devices that replace the need for actual measurement units in making comparisons Area and volume formulas are ways of using length measures to count the area or volume units in an object with out using actual area or volume units Van De Walle 277 After the activities students will understand the attribute being measured how filling covering matching or making comparisons of an attribute with units produces what is called measure and understand the way measuring instruments work Van De Walle 278 I have picked out three activities for students to understand measurement The first activity is Making and Using a Rulers This activity will get the students accustomed with the units of measure Students will also want to use the ruler because it is something that they made themselves While making the ruler they will use stripes of paper to compare units The ruler will also be used in the next activity The second activity is called How good is your estimate There are various items in which the students have to estimate the length or width of the item After wards they will actually measure with their ruler Then they will calculate whether they over or under estimated the length or width or the item Students will then get an idea of what an inch millimeter and centimeter is
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