Literature Based Arithmetic

How Big is a Foot?

How Big is a Foot?

Rolf Myller


This book shares a funny anecdote that clearly communicates the need for a standard of measurement.

After reading the story, walk around the house and measure different things with your feet.  Record different measurements from different feet.

Discuss that the American system of measurement had to establish a standard.  Show your students a ruler (a foot) and a yard stick.  Let them measure things based on the standard.

Metric System

Discuss/review the metric system and how it is built upon multiples of ten.  Show a centimeter and a meter stick.  You could even show them the speedometer on your car to see the miles versus kilometers.

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