Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Picture Day Idea

I don't know why, but my students have always gone nuts over class picture day.  It's such a big deal to them!  When we take our class pictures, we have to line our students up from tallest to shortest, and I thought that it would be fun to give students some real-life measurement practice.  A day or so before picture day, I had everyone use a yard stick or growth chart to measure their height in inches. They recorded their heights and turned them in. Then, the night before picture day I made an index card for each student that gave their height.  Here's the trick. I'd wrote some heights in all inches, some with inches and feet, and some with yards, inches, and feet. On picture day, I gave each student their index card and told students to use their measurements to order the cards from the smallest to tallest height.  It was so neat to see students out of their seats and actively converting measurements with each other. It wasn't until the activity was over that my students realized what I was using the index cards for.  We later used the measurements to create a line plot of the class's height.

I'll leave you with a blast from the past!  My own second grade class picture...bless my heart.

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Klark said...

I agree with your idea. You look like very talented.It is very happy to meet you. Thank you!

Courtney said...

What a fun lesson! You should write a book :)


~Stephanie said...

GREAT idea to get the kids converting measures. I am definitely going to incorporate this into my room! Thanks for sharing Ashleigh :)

Teaching in Room 6

Ellen said...

Hi Ashleigh,
Just wanted to give some feedback regarding your 'My Multiplication Booklet - 2 Facts' which I downloaded as a TpT Freebie - thanks! I love it BUT if it was arranged so I could print it back-to-back (2-sided photocopying option) and it was in the correct order that would be super great! That would mean putting the flash cards on a separate page. Just an idea - so much faster for a busy teacher to make up the little booklets.

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