Measuring Up to Abe Lincoln {Measurement Activity}


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Students will work in pairs. They each need pencils, rulers, bulletin board paper (one sheet for each student big enough to trace bodies), a life-size cut out of Abe Lincoln (Draw and measure this, or ask the art teacher for help!) hung up on the wall as if standing so students can see how tall he actually is.

Review with students how you drew Abe Lincoln and measured his height with a ruler. Review units of measurement (inches, cm, feet, meters). Also, ask students if they know how tall they are.

Have them guess how tall Abe Lincoln is, and share with them that he was 6 feet 4 inches tall and the tallest president ever. This was a time when the average height for men was 5 feet 6 inches. At age 17, he was already this tall, and a great athlete. He weighed between 160 and 185 pounds, so he was very thin for his height.

Ask a few students to stand next to your cut tout on the wall and compare heights. Arrange students into pairs and have them take turns tracing each other on butcher paper. Have them measure their height from head to toe in inches. (Older students might convert that height to feet and inches). Each student should write his or her height on their cut out.

Have students subtract their height in inches from Abe’s height in inches. Older students might subtract their height in feet and inches from Abe’s height of 6’ 4”. Finally, students can Dress their cut outs and decorate them, and they can be displayed in the hallways alongside Abe!

You can also download a PDF version of this game to file away for later here on my site or on TeachersPayTeachers.

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