A Lesson Plan using "Inch
by Inch" by Leo Lionni
lesson written by Emily McDaniel
The children will become familiar with the inch measurement and will
use their own inch worms to measure different parts of their body and a
variety of items in the classroom.
- Read the book "Inch by Inch" by Leo Lionni
- Ask the chilrdren "How big is an inch?" Use a ruler to show
an inch -- draw one inch on the chalkboard.
- Have the children come up with at least ten ideas of things they could
measure in inches. -- Write their ideas on the chalkboard for them to refer
- To create their own inch worms, pass out 1" by 2" green strips
of paper (one to each student). Have the children fold the strips like
a fan so that the strips become 1" by 1". They can also decorate
their worms or add a face. With a folded body the worms will be able to
move like a real inch worm with some help from the student.
- Have the childre get into groups of two or three and have them measure
the different things listed on the board.
- After they have completed their measuring have the students share and
compare answers for different items.
- Have the children discuss what should be measured by inches and what
is too big to be measured by inches. -- Also, the discussion should include
why the children have different answers. The word accuracy could be introduced.
- The book "Inch by Inch" by Leo Lionni
- Green strips of paper 2" by 1"
- Optional-- markers to decorate
The children should build on previous experiences of measuring. They
should gain a better understanding of inches and what is measured in inches.
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