This is a lesson plan that introduces measurement. I have provided the goals and concepts, objectives and a step-by-step guide on what materials you need and how to apply them. When I say “the teacher” this can also be parent– but I am referring to whomever is guiding the lesson.
Goals and Concepts (what the child/student should learn from the lesson)
A. An inch is a unit of measurement, and an inchworm is typically one inch long and may be used to measure objects.
B. Concepts include an inch and measurement.
C. Children should understand that objects can be measured.
Objectives (expectations of child/student during the lesson)
A. The children will listen to the reading of “Inch by Inch”
B. The children will each receive an inchworm as a form of measuring.
C. The children will measure various objects around the room.
D. The children will write the measurements of the objects on a provided chart.
1. The teacher (or parent) will begin by introducing the title page of the book. The teacher will ask, “what is an object you could use to measure an inch?” And “why do you think they call it an inchworm?” The teacher will allow the children to brainstorm and answer.
2. The teacher will read “Inch by Inch” by Leo Lioni aloud to the class. Once the robin has asked the inchworm to measure his tail, the teach will ask, “how do you think the inchworm will measure it?” Next, once the inchworm meets the Nightingale, the teacher will ask the children, “Is it possible to measure a song? Or do you think the inchworm is up to something?”
3. After reading the story, the teacher will pass out inchworms to each child (these are cut out, fake and laminated). The teacher will explain that the inchworm is larger than it usually is and is not really only one inch long. The teacher will say, “we are measuring objects with inchworms!” The teacher will pass a chart to record the length of objects, and an inchworm to each child.
4. The teacher will explain how to measure, by placing your finger where the object ends and removing the object and placing it at your finger, to continue down the line. Also the teacher will ask the children to make predictions on what object will be the most inchworms long.
5, The children will then go around measuring objects on the list and some choice objects as well. They will record these measurements on the charts.
6. When done measuring, the class will meet back on the rug to discuss the findings! They will discuss which object was the longest, and if their predictions were correct,
“Inch by Inch” by Leo Lioni
Cut out, hand-made inchworms for each child.
Charts for each child with objects to measure and record.