Wednesday, April 23, 2008
My sixth grade students have been working on their ruler skills since September. This week's lesson included converting customary measures (inches to feet, yards, miles and back; fluid ounces to cups, pints, quarts, gallons and back; ounces to pounds and tons).
Yesterday, I went around the room and measured twelve items to the nearest sixteenth of an inch.
Today I gave them about fifteen minutes to work alone or in groups to try to identify the items.
It was a hard task, but it had them talking about those little marks on the ruler and how they could determine if it was an eighth or a quarter inch.
I believe almost everyone can finally use a ruler. This is a huge improvement over my experience at a local Home Depot. I asked for a window shade to be cut to 36 3/8 of an inch. I finally had to show the employee where it was on the ruler. *sigh*
"Ruler." Auntie P's photostream. 2005 Feb 5. 2008 Apr 23.