Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation I Mustache You to Measure! - Section 2: Concept Development


This lesson was so engaging, with all of my students motivated to discover the length of their paper mustaches.  This lesson also lent itself nicely for students to make connections between prior lessons and learning. They were able to see connections between fractions and decimals and how they are related to the metric system.  This is one of "those" lesson in which students enthusiastically start calling out things like, "Ohhhh, I get it", and "that's makes so much sense." 

One thing that I have thought a lot about was how this lesson was so fun for my students because I took something that they love and like and turned it into a math lesson.  I even drew a mustache on my finger so I could dramatically play up the whole "mustache you to measure" saying through out the lesson.  Again, this one small gesture of drawing a mustache on my finger truly brought smiles to my students' faces.  This lesson was an excellent reminder that as educators we have the opportunity and ability to teach students so much more than "math" or content.  I have the ability each and every day to remember to take risks (draw mustaches on your finger when you're a grown up) and to instill a love of learning, not just for fourth grade, for LIFE! 


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I Mustache You to Measure!

Unit 10: Measurment
Lesson 2 of 13

Objective: SWBAT measure objects to the nearest millimeter and nearest centimeter and write to the nearest centimeter in fraction and decimal form.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students create paper mustaches. Students then measure their mustache to the nearest millimeter and explore the relationship between millimeters and centimeters by reporting their measurement in fraction form. Students will then use their

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Math, metric system, Measurement, length (Determining Measurements), Fractions, cooperative learning, centimeters, coherence, millimeters, engagement
  45 minutes
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