How Big Is a Foot?
Introduce unit of measurement: foot.
Materials: How Big Is a Foot? by Rolf Myller, ruler, and computer with Internet connection.
The King wants to give the Queen something special for her birthday. She has everything except a bed. The trouble is that no one in the Kingdom knows the answer to a very important question: How big is a bed? At that time beds had not yet been invented. The Queen's birthday is only a few days away. An apprentice gets in trouble and needs to find a solution.
The teacher will begin by reviewing standard units of measurement.
Review inch and ruler use.
Ask students to tell what types of things they measure with inches. Set purpose for reading: What can we use to measure longer objects like furniture?
Discuss problem and solution.
Introduce that there are twelve inches in a foot.
Continue work on Measurement
Book Project (see Web Activities).
Have students list objects they might measure with a foot.
Home Learning: Choose five things and measure with a foot.