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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The Scariest Thing
M&M Fractions
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Crossword Trivia
The Great Wall of China
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Valentine Flower Pots
Create an Instrument
What’s Your Valentine Worth?
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Picture Poems
Millennium Inventions
The Heart of the Matter
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Letter of Apology
All About Columbus
Presidential Fractions
Political Debate about Celebration of Columbus Day
A Family Quilt
Sleepy Hollow
Chalk Drawings
Thanksgiving Dinner
How Many Squares?
National Olympic Trends
Copying the Masters
Fact and Opinion
Situational Conversations
Love Songs
Money Del Mundo
Tack Probability
Bumper Stickers
Valentine Placemats
Non-fiction Poetry
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