a foundation skill for geometry, is an essential life skill.
It is not an end in itself, but a tool used in many contexts:
home, work, and community. Awareness of acceptable tolerances,
margins and upper and lower limits, is critical to measurement
competence. Today, much is computerized, but the results are
only as good as the information inputted. Visualization and
concrete models help reasoning in this area.
Be sure to look
at the different set of resources
listed at the Student/Learner webpage for this topic:
Learners are asked to build a brick wall without fault
lines. This Math Forum site has a teacher page of instructions
for using this activity with manipulatives. There is a student
page, as well.
This lesson asks students to determine a general rule
for marking the starting points for the 220 and 440 races,
then compare the general rule to actual dimensions, and finally
construct a scale model. This lesson was developed by Susan
Boone through GirlTech. Check
out her other lessons!
This website contains activities designed for middle school/high
school topics and skill levels in geometry. These are developed
by Cynthia Lanius, the creative curriculum developer who is
co-director of GirlTech at Rice University. Lanius creates
one new activity each month, so visit this site often!
These are the teacher notes for a lesson that places mathematics
in the real-world context of cartography. It is designed to
be used independently by learners, but we put this on the
teacher page so youll be sure to see it! Learners are
given real-world problems in distance, scale, coordinates,
and projections. They use online resources to complete the
activities. This also allows for cross-curricular activities
in geography, writing, history, career exploration, and, of
JAVA-based lessons, discussion, and activities enable the
teacher to extend hands-on activities in the classroom and
provide new content and practice in four areas; Number and
Operation Concepts, Geometry and Measurement Concepts, Function
and Algebra Concepts, and Probability and Data Analysis Concepts.
Each activity comes with supplementary pages that can be accessed
from the activity page. "What" gives background,
"How" gives instructions, and "Why" gives
curriculum context. Geometry and Measurement Concepts includes
basic notions of lines, rays, and planes, and working with
tessellations and fractals. Lessons for the teacher are also
Tour of Measurement
This site includes lessons on measurement collected through
Swarthmores Math Forum site. Activities are categorized
by grade level (elementary, middle, and high school), for
both teachers and students.