Saturday, February 4, 2017


Mark Ybarra
FCSS - VHEA Community School

I was thinking of a lesson I could co-teach with the math teacher. I decided to present a real-world environment that included using tape measures, a yardstick, and a rolling measurement wheel.
I started by taking a Google Maps screen capture of our school, and shared it with the students. To access prior knowledge, I asked students to name as many shapes as they could find - i.e. rectangles, squares, circles, triangles, etc.
I told students we were going to measure the school, starting with the basketball court, and ending with the block our school is located on. The students were told they would annotate the dimensions on the Google Maps picture. The students would work in teams.
So the students would know how to measure using a tape measure, I included a YouTube video, on how to use a measuring tape.
With the dimensions recorded of a basketball court, we continued and found perimeter, area, circle area, radius, etc.

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