In kindergarten, students compared the length of two objects directly by lining up the endpoints. They described the objects using language such as longer and shorter. In this unit the words “longer than” and “shorter than” are encouraged, although students may use “taller than” in certain contexts related to height.
In this lesson, students compare the length of objects and consider how they know which is longer or shorter. Then, they order three objects by length.
The materials used in this lesson will be used again in the next lesson.
- Compare the length of objects by lining up the endpoints.
- Order three objects by length and use language such as “shorter than” and “longer than” to describe the relationship between the lengths.
- Let’s compare and order objects by length.
- Each group of 4 needs 10-12 objects to measure (thin classroom objects like pencils, crayons, paper clips, toothpicks, markers) including connecting cube towers of 3, 5, and 8.
- Each group of 4 needs the collection of objects from the previous activity.
- Gather materials from:
- Target Numbers, Stages 1–3
- Five in a Row, Stages 1–6
- Get Your Numbers in Order, Stage 1
|Activity 1||15 min|
|Activity 2||10 min|
|Activity 3||15 min|
|Lesson Synthesis||10 min|
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