Upper Elementary
Math

Amazing Animals: Using Animal Facts to Teach Measurement

Children may not be too interested in the fact that 1 foot is 12 inches, but they are interested in the fact that a T-Rex dinosaur was about 40 feet long. This collection will help you turn interesting facts about animals into a lesson on measurement.
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Amazing Animals: Using Animal Facts to Teach Measurement
  • Kendra Hadnott says:
    These fun animal facts are great to use when developing lessons. One whole fact can become a lesson on measurement. Here's an example: Chameleons have tongues that are 1.5 times the length of their body. Have students find out how tall they are. Then have them determine what the length of their tongues would be if they were chameleons.
  • Kendra Hadnott says:
    This fun list of books, many of which involve animals, teaches children about measurement. For a lesson idea, read one of the suggested books. Afterward, conduct an arts and crafts lesson where you make a craft animal that's true to size.
  • Kendra Hadnott says:
    A video that's great to use during differentiated instruction. I've found that it's best to use this video for children who are having a hard time grasping measurement concepts. Instead of measuring out the specific length of an object or an animal, the group watching this video would be tasked with simply identifying the longest and shortest.
  • Kendra Hadnott says:
    Having trouble describing why it's important that your students know an inch from a foot? This list does a brilliant job of describing the practical everyday uses for measurement. I suggest going over these uses before your measurement unit starts.
  • Kendra Hadnott says:
    Measurement unit or not, this book should be a staple in every educator's classroom. Not only does it help students learn about animals, but it actually displays those animals at their actual size. This book was especially helpful for me when I first read it, as I wasn't quite sure of smaller details like: How big is a tiger's face? A useful resource for both educators and students.
  • Kendra Hadnott says:
    Have you been looking at math in an unhealthy way? If so, this book may change your way of thinking. This is great for educators looking to incorporate creative, outside the box methods for teaching measurement and math in general.
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