Curriculum – Measurement and Counting
2.2: Demonstrate a willingness to try new experiences and to adapt to new situations (SRWB)
16.2: Investigate strategies and materials used when measuring with non-standard units of measure (DLMB)
Students quantify distance by walking along a pathway from one location to another wearing pedometers.
- Explain what a pedometer measures.
- Have students predict how many steps they think it will take to get from one spot to another.
- Students will wear the pedometer and walk the predetermined path. At the end of the walk, instruct students to pay attention to the number of steps they have walked.
- Lead a discussion about the students’ predictions versus the actual number of steps walk.
- You can graph students predictions versus the actual number of steps to visualize the comparison.
- Discuss why the number of steps to get from one spot to another differed among students (each student has a different length of step, even within one individual he/she could take small steps or large steps etc.)
- Think about how other non-standard units of measurement may be more accurate than steps.