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# What's in a Name?

Lesson 2 of 10

## Objective: SWBAT order three lengths from shortest to longest.

#### Setting Up the Learning

*8 min*

This standard asks students to compare lengths by putting them in order. This lesson asks students to put words in order by length.

**Review: **

We learned yesterday about “short, shorter, and shortest” and “long, longer, and longest” and how those words help us compare lengths of different objects. Today we are going to put three objects in order, 1^{st}, 2^{nd} and 3^{rd}, from SHORTEST to LONGEST.

I’ll do a quick warm up here to review er and est as comparative endings using a Clifford game.

**Connect**

*When architects measure the lines they draw on their plans, or when construction workers figure out how long the building is going to be, they are using measurement. When doctors measure how long new babies are, they are using measurement. We use measurement all the time in the real world.*

**Objective** :

Your thinking job today is: **How can I use put three objects in order from Shortest to Longest?**

*All images of Chrysanthemum are copyright Kevin Henkes!*

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#### Opening Discussion

*10 min*

Today we will be ordering three objects by length, which means we will be deciding which object goes first, second and third. Today we will be focusing on shortest to longest, which means shortest goes first and longest goes last. Tomorrow we will switch it.

To help us think about ordering, we are going to put our names in order form Shortest to Longest.

I’ll choose 3 names of students in the class and pull out their name cards.

When we put things in order, we have to ask ourselves some questions.

**Guiding Questions:**

-Which name is Shortest? How are you sure?

-Which name is Longest? How are you sure?

-Which name is in the middle, or in 2^{nd} place? How are you sure?

When we order things from shortest to longest, we start with the one that is shortest. The word “Shortest” is first so we start with the shortest object first.

**Guiding Questions:**

-Which one goes first? Why does the shortest one go first?

-Which one goes in the middle?

-Which name goes last? Why do I put it third?

I’ll go through this process one more time with 3 different names.

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#### Class Share

*15 min*

**Directions for the activity: **You are going to work with 2 partners. You will each write down your names. Then you have to put your names in order from shortest to longest.

Students work in partner groups and have to help each other figure out how to order the names. This pushes them to be able to work in collaborative groups, a major focus of Common Core. **See Connecting to Speaking and Listening Standards video for how to model this activity and how to connect it to the SL standards!**

I’ll quickly model how to work on the activity sheet (See attached document!) and model how everyone will write the same name for Partner 1, the same name for Partner 2 and the same name for Partner 3.

**Guiding Questions as students work in groups:**

- Intervention: Which one is shortest? That one goes first because we are starting with the shortest when we do shortest to longest.

- Extension questions: Which one is the longest? How many more letters does that word have than the middle word? Which word is shortest? How many fewer letters does it have than the middle word?

I'll bring students together and choose 1 group to present their names and how they put them in order.

**Guiding Questions:**

- How are you sure they ordered the words correctly?
- Which one is shortest? Why is it first?
- How many more letters does the longest one have than the middle one?

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#### Exit Ticket

*8 min*

Students practice ordering sight words as an exit ticket. This portion of the lesson is fairly short, but it is differentiated for students who need more support/extension.

**Group A: Intervention**

Students have boxes labeled shortest, middle, longest to help them remember how to order the lengths.

**Group C: Extension**

Students have 5 words to order, which will show if they can apply the idea of ordering to a larger set.

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#### Closing

*5 min*

To conclude the day's learning, I will present 5 sight words and students will help me order them by length.

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*Hello Amanda, I love the way you have created this lesson with Math. Our grade level is working on measurements now. Great lesson, I hope my students will understand that you can incorporate math with any lesson. I am constantly reading books that can be aligned with our math lesson. Thanks again for a great lesson. | 7 months ago | Reply*

*Karen Hodges: Hello. I am excited to find this lesson. I love your way of using a nonstandard unit to measure. The names and sight words are a unique way of doing this, and I really think it will demonstrate this idea to the students really well. I plan on using this lesson next week in my classroom. Thanks so much for the lesson! | 10 months ago | Reply*

I changed this up just a little. I picture the students having a bag of names from class and they can pick 2 names from the bag and also use their own name (so I guess if they pick their own name they can pick again so there is more to compare.) I think it's a very nice alternative to constantly thinking about length and objects. Thanks for the sheets!

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*Hi Amanda,*

*I am visiting this site for the first time this evening. My class is now working on measurement, and I have to say that I love what you have done with the concept of measuring using nonstandard units! My class could definitely use more practice at this, and I plan to use these lessons tomorrow. #superb*

*Thanks for your vision,*

*Diann :-)*

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- LESSON 1: Chrysanthemum: Shorter and Longer Names
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- LESSON 4: Scoop and Order, Day 2 of 2
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