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# How do You Measure Up? (with the TI-10)

Math: Elementary Math: Math and Literature
Math: Elementary Math: Number Sense and Estimation
Math: Elementary Math: Algebraic Thinking
Math: Elementary Math: Basic Facts
K-5
60 Minutes
TI-15 Explorer™/TI-10
This is Activity 14 from the EXPLORATIONS Book:
Math at Your Fingertips with the TI-10

The following materials are required for this activity:
• Book: Biggest, Strongest, Fastest
• Scale
• Balance
• Weight to at least 1 pound
• Classroom Books
• Roll of adding machine tape
• Dime
• Rulers
• Yardstick and/or tape measure
• Chart Paper
• Markers
Lessons

# How do You Measure Up? (with the TI-10)

Activity Overview

Students measure weight, height, and length with the help of a balance, scales, rulers, yardstick, and tape measures. They use their TI-10 to find proportions and to round off answers to whole numbers.

Before the Activity

• See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
• Print pages 137 - 147 from the attached PDF file for your class
• During the Activity

Distribute the page to the class.

Activity A:

• Discuss the characteristics (height, weight, speed, length, strength etc.) of animals, and read the book: Biggest, Strongest, Fastest, to the class

• Activity B:
• Compare the weight (in pounds) of an average adult male to an elephant
• Use the calculator to determine the approximate number of adult males whose combined weight equals the weight of one elephant

• Activity C:
• Reread the book, observe that an ant can lift 5 times its own weight
• Calculate the weight a 60-pound adult can lift if he were as strong as an ant
• Determine the number of books that will weigh 300 pounds

• Activity D:
• Tear a length of tape that measures the height of a student
• Use a ruler to mark 12-inch sections and number them
• Calculate the height of the student
• Use the calculator to determine the number of students whose combined height will equal the height of the giraffe

• Activity E:
• Measure the wall length and use the calculator to get the perimeter of the classroom
• Determine the length of the tentacles of a jellyfish

• Activity F:
• Convert feet to inches and find the length of the room
• Note a snail travels at a speed of 8 inches per minute
• Find the time taken by the snail to cross the room

• Activity G:
• Note a flea can jump 130 times its height
• Determine how high a 4-foot child can jump if he could jump like a flea
• After the Activity

• Review student results
• As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
• Re-teach concepts as necessary
Math: Elementary Math: Math and Literature
Math: Elementary Math: Number Sense and Estimation
Math: Elementary Math: Algebraic Thinking
Math: Elementary Math: Basic Facts
K-5
60 Minutes
TI-15 Explorer™/TI-10
This is Activity 14 from the EXPLORATIONS Book:
Math at Your Fingertips with the TI-10

The following materials are required for this activity:
• Book: Biggest, Strongest, Fastest
• Scale
• Balance
• Weight to at least 1 pound
• Classroom Books
• Roll of adding machine tape
• Dime
• Rulers
• Yardstick and/or tape measure
• Chart Paper
• Markers
Lessons
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