Center Focus

Inching Along

  1. Provide rulers and/or other inch-long manipulatives for your students (Cuisenaire has a product called Inchworms that come in inch-long sections which are flexible and can be connected).
  2. Have your students create a simple chart with 3 columns labeled: OBJECT, ESTIMATE, ACTUAL.
  3. Students will pick objects around the room and estimate their length/width etc. They will then actually measure to find out the true measurement.
  4. Encourage your students to pick objects of varying sizes--some small, some medium-sized, some large.

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Travel Brochure
Word Association
Who Is That?
Broken Ruler
Hand Sculpture
Money Del Mundo
A Family Quilt
Compare Hair
Food From Around the World
Political Debate about Celebration of Columbus Day
Know Your Presidents
The Wall
Area of a Shamrock
Count Pine Cone Scales
Early Division
Tile Probability
Person, Place, or Thing?
If the Earth Were Flat
Valentine Placemats
Traditional Pumpkin Pie
Oil Pastel Fruit
Washer Weights
The Great Wall of China
Put the Story in Order
Ice Insulation
Where Did He Go?
How Many Classrooms Fit?
Create a Collage
Cinco de Mayo Lookup
Scariest Jack-O-Lantern Contest
U.S. Percentages
Historical Perspective
A to Z
The Stars and Stripes
Food For Thought
Situational Conversations
Letter of Apology
Make Your Own Collage
Dough Dreidel
The Real Reason
The Mayflower Voyage
Balloon Rocket
Distances Traveled
Current Happenings in Science
"A Busy Year" Art
Bumper Stickers
Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink