How Tall Are We?

Students measure each other's height using large building blocks, then visit an older class to measure those students. They can also measure adults in the school community. Results are displayed in  bar graphs comparing the different age groups. The activities that comprise this lesson help students develop the concepts and vocabulary to describe how height changes as children get older. The graphing provides an important foundation for both creating and interpreting graphs in future years.


Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0106.4.3
Use non-standard units in linear measurement.
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Learning objectives: 

Students should be able to:

  • Measure the heights of their classmates using a non-standard method (building blocks instead of rulers).
  • Record collected data in an organized fashion.
Essential and guiding questions: 
  • Have grownups ever told you how big you are getting or how much you've grown since the last time they saw you?
  • Have you ever had your height measured, maybe at a doctor's office? How were you measured?
  • Why is it important to have your height measured?

Lesson Variations

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