How Long Is That?

Scripture: Genesis 5-9

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will review the story of Noah
  • Students will learn the basic units of linear measurement and how to measure objects accurately
  • Students will practice measuring articles accurately

Guiding Question: What are the basic units of linear measurement and how do you measure an object accurately?

Materials: rulers, sheet with a list of various items in your classroom (or in designated space where you want students to work), pencils

Procedure: Review the story of Noah with students, focusing especially on the measurements God gave to Noah for the Ark. Ask students what might have happened if Noah did not measure the wood accurately. Discuss with students the various possible units of measurement. Teach (or review with) students the basic units of linear measurement and how to measure objects accurately. Give each student a sheet of objects for them to find and measure accurately. To keep students from clustering too much in one area, consider varying the order of items on the sheets or choosing items which are found in great multiples in your classroom. After students are finished, have them share any challenges they had while measuring items.

Additional Question: How do we measure linear objects using the metric system?

Supplemental Activity: Have students repeat the task above. This time, however, have them measure items in terms of the metric system.

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