Hand Span Measures

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How long is your hand span? Young mathematicians measure their hand span from pinky tip to thumb tip using a centimeter ruler. After rounding to the nearest whole centimeter, learners plot their data on a line plot.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have a volunteer or another student help class members mark the tip of the pinky finger and thumb tips
  • Use a class line plot and have pupils come up to plot their hand span measurements
Classroom Considerations

  • Explain dominant vs. non-dominant hands to learners
  • Provide centimeter rules for each class member
Pros

  • Reinforces ruler and rounding measurement skills
  • Includes a teacher version of the sheet with explanations
Cons

  • None
Common Core