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By the Foot: The History of Measurement

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When is a foot not a foot? When you use the length of your own foot to measure distances, of course. To underscore the importance of standardized units of measurement, middle schoolers engage in a series of activities that ask them to chart distances using the length of their own foot as a measure and to then use customary unit standards to measure the same distance.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Check out the American National Standards Institute blog for a brief history of the origins of the U.S. Customary System of measurement 
Classroom Considerations
  • The referenced Measure for Measure: Lengths and Heights video is available for purchase from Discovery School
  • The four-page packet includes step-by-step directions for the activities
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