Measurement- Comparing Height Day 2

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Students will be able to compare height using the terms taller and shorter.

Big Idea

Too Tall Tina is a book about a student who is obsessed with being too tall. It shows examples of many measurement comparisons.

Problem of the Day

5 minutes

I start each math lesson with a Problem of the Day.  I use the procedures outlined here on Problem of the Day Procedures.

Today's Problem of the Day:

Make 2 comparisons about the height of the people and objects in this picture.

For this problem, students need to make comparisons about the height of people and objects in the picture.  Possible comparisons could be: The blue tree is taller than the green tree.  The dad is taller than the little boy.  The blue tree is taller than the mom. 

I have several students make comparisons for this problem.  I have the class tell if they agree or disagree by showing a thumbs up or thumbs down.

Presentation of Lesson

25 minutes

I start this lesson by reading Too Tall Tina by Donna Marie Pitino.  While reading, we discuss the characters in the story and how she is comparing the height of herself and her classmates.  We also talk about the other comparisons in the book. Check it out here.

I tell students that they are going to be making some of their own comparisons on a Length and Height worksheet.

You are going to be working on this paper on your own.  When you get the paper take it back to your seat, put your name on it and put your pencil in the air.

I use the procedures outlined here on the Paper Procedures

Color the longer objects.  Color the taller objects.

You need to look at the two objects in each box and compare them.  You are going to color the longer and taller objects.

I walk around and make sure that students are correctly coloring the taller and longer objects.  I tell the students that they are finished, they can put their paper in the basket and get their center.



20 minutes

This week's centers are:


I quickly circulate to make sure students are engaged and do not have any questions about how to complete the centers.   I pull three groups during centers and work with them depending on the time they need (5 - 10 minutes).

Today I am helping students with their centers.  Yesterday I found that many of my students needed help learning to measure in the various centers.

Prior to clean up, I check in with each table to see how the centers are going.  I turn on Tidy Up by Dr. Jean.  Students clean up and return to their seats. This is a paid resource, but there are many free examples of transition songs easily found in a web search.  Another transition I have been using lately during clean up has been counting down from 20 slowly.  The students like to count backwards with me as they clean up and I can lengthen or reduce the clean up time based on how students are doing and how much time we have.


5 minutes

To close, I put a student's paper on the document camera a project it on the SMART Board.  I have that student explain their work.  I mention positive things noticed during centers as well as something that needs to be better next time. 

I review what we did during our whole group lesson.  "Today we review comparing height and other measurements.  Tomorrow, we are going to a short assessment to show all that we learned about graphing and measurement."