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A King’s Foot Is Always Best
Lesson Objective
The student will be able to measure a number of given items with different nonstandard measuring devices such as
shovels, footprints, unifix cubes and paper clips.
Background Information for Teacher
Nonstandard measurement is the first step to teaching measurement.
Student Prior Knowledge
About 3-5 large sheets of white poster paper ( 4-5 feet of paper works best)
Crayons or markers
2 or 4 different sizes of toy shovels (different colors also)
Measurement worksheet (Step 3)
Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Step 2: Teach Lesson
Watch the video in Step 1.
Give the student a large poster paper and have them draw 2-3 large sand castles. When done, have them hang it on a
wall. Then give the student different size shovels. Use different color shovels for different sizes.
Have them record how tall
one sand castle is using one shovel then record how tall another sand castle is using a different size shovel. Discuss your
Discuss the history of measurement and how people measured and still measure when they do not have the correct
measuring tools. All of us use our hands to measure off something when shopping if we did not bring our measuring tape.
It is important that the student be allowed to explore measuring with nonstandard items.
First teach them to be careful and make sure that the items touch, not overlapping or leaving a gap, to get the
correct measurement.
Second, as they explore they come to realize that nonstandard measurement is good for estimating but not exact
Have student measure three things (such as a couch, table, rug, room, garage, driveway, length of car, etc.) in their
house with three different shoe sizes. See how the three measurements are different.
Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Worksheet with answer key for extra practice
Step 4: Review. Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can demonstrate
understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
How long is my foot? (offline) activity
You will need:
Construction Paper
Odd objects ( dry beans, cotton balls, toothpicks, etc.)
Have the student trace their foot on a piece of construction paper, then cut their traced foot out and glue it on another piece of
construction paper. Then have the student use different odd objects to measure their foot. Have the student record their findings.