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General Lesson Plan


Teacher: Ms. Mrs. Mr. Dr. Tonya Ahearn Date:

(Circle one above)

Grade: 3 Subject: Math – Measuring Penny Time: 45 mins

(minutes, hours, days, weeks)


  1. Materials/Technology:

(Attach copies of worksheets, lecture notes, rubrics, etc.)





  1. Illinois Goals, Learning Standards and Benchmark(s) (Include Benchmark Number):




  • State Goal 7: Estimate, make and use measurements of objects, quantities and relationships and determine acceptable levels of accuracy.

    • A. Measure and compare quantities using appropriate units, instruments and methods.

      • 7.A.1a Measure length, volume and weight/mass using rulers, scales and other appropriate measuring instruments in the customary and metric systems.

    • B. Estimate measurements and determine acceptable levels of accuracy.

      • 7.B.1b Compare estimated measures to actual measures taken with appropriate measuring instruments.




  1. Performance Objective(s) – Students will be able to…

(List Lower-Order Knowledge, Higher-Order Knowledge, Skill, and Affect as appropriate)


    • Students will be able to identify standard and non-standard forms of measurement. (LO)

    • Students will be able to make educated estimates on length. (HO).

    • Students will be able to accurately measure different items with both standard and non-standard measurements. (HO)




  1. Introduction/Anticipatory Set/Advanced Organizer/Focusing Event:

Motivation: The classroom will be filled with different sized stuffed animals sitting in the students’ chairs. There will also be plates filled with different sized dog bones and bowls with q-tips at each table.


Bridge: The teacher will read Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy to the class.


  1. Procedures:

(Provide a description of the sequence of the instructional activities. Indicate both teacher and student activities.)


The teacher will…

The students will…

Read Measuring Penny to the class while pointing out different forms of measurement.

Listen attentively.

Discuss the books and ask if there are any questions about how to measure or different forms of measurement.

Ask questions/make comments.

Pass out the worksheet and go over all the directions. Tell them not to move until all directions are explained.

  1. I am going to put you into groups of two.

  2. You will first estimate your height in inches and three non-standard forms of measurement that we read about. I have small and large dog bones and q-tips at each table for you to use to measure yourself. Explain that they must first make an educated guess on the length with each form of measurement. Record your estimates.

  3. Then you will measure each other with the different items and record your actual measurement with each item.

  4. There are 3 questions on the back that you must answer when you are finished with your measurements.

  5. If you get done early, you may estimate and measure any of the small stuffed animals that I brought in today or use the scales to measure and compare the weight of the different items.

Ask if the students have any questions. Assign partners.

Ask any questions. Get with partners and begin working.

Monitor the students making measurements to make sure it is being done correctly.







  1. Closure (set of key questions for comprehension or processing):

    • Have the students write and exit slip in their math journals listing one standard and one non-standard form of measurement that wasn’t discussed in class today.




  1. Assessment:

    • The teacher will assess the students’ ability to identify standard and non-standard forms of measurement by checking their math journals for exit slip accuracy.

    • The teacher will assess the students’ ability to make educated estimates on length by checking their worksheet for accuracy.

  • The teacher will assess the students’ ability to accurately measure different items with both standard and non-standard forms of measurement by checking the worksheets for accuracy.




  1. Accommodations for Individual Needs:

    • Nagesh Shankar – Excels in Math and is a great helper.

      • Before Nagesh begins his own work, have him navigate the room along with the teacher and help any students get started with the activity who might be struggling with the concept of measuring with standard and non standard forms of measurement.




  1. Homework/Announcements:

  • None




  1. Reflections on the Strengths and/or Weaknesses of your Lesson and Teaching Performance:





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