This week we are featuring these handy little measuring sticks shared on YouMagine by Andrew.
This object lends itself well to the “Describe It” and the “Describe and Draw It” activities as it is not immediately apparent what the object is for. These measuring sticks would also form a good stimulous for using with the “Improve It” activity as students could improve this design or design their own measuring instruments. This could be followed up with the “Explain It” or the “Advertise It” activities.
The measuring sticks could be used as mathematical manipulatives. They could be set to different lengths and students could estimate the lengths of the stick, then use then to draw a line and finally measure the line with a traditional ruler to check how accurate their estimate is.
The Measuring Sticks work well as objects to use with the following Object of the Week activities:
- Describe It
- Describe & Draw It
- Improve It
- Explain It
- Advertise It
Download the Object of the Week Teacher Guide and accompanying resources to find out more.
About Object of the Week
“Object of the Week” is a fully resourced open-ended classroom project developed by the Create Education Project to provide regular opportunities throughout the year for students to explore the world of 3D printing.
A series of stand-alone classroom activities have been developed to support the project. The activities allow students to:
- use their imagination
- develop speaking and listening skills
- develop descriptive and creative writing skills
- be creative
- develop research, evaluation and presentation skills
- explore future careers
- learn how real life problems are solved
- develop their own solutions
The open-ended activities are designed to be cross-curricular, for use across of range of ages/levels and weekly objects are selected to cover a range of applications and subject areas. Some objects may provide a platform for introducing or expanding on a specific topic area or as a springboard to a class project. Ideas for taking it further will be provided where applicable.
Resources include a comprehensive Teacher Guide which provides an overview of each activity and suggestions for how to deliver the activity in class. PowerPoint Interactive Classroom Activity Slides and a set of Student Worksheets are also available to support the activities. These resources can be downloaded by clicking the links in the right column.