Richards Middle School
Ledwick – Meagan Cascone
Learning Objective/Exit Outcomes:
- Students will be able to talk about different ways to measure items.
- Students will be able to compare measurements of multiple different items.
- Students will be able to show with their bodies the difference in size of multiple items.
Math & Dance
MGSE6.SP.5 Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context, such as by:
- Describing the nature of the attribute under investigation, including how it was measured and its units of measurement.
- Relating the choice of measures of center and variability to the shape of the data distribution and the context in which the data was gathered.
MSD.CR.2 Demonstrate an understanding of dance as a form of communication.
- Compare and contrast abstract and literal movement.
- Explore the qualities of expression in performance.
Students can stand by their desks for this activity
This activity was used as an intro to a measurement unit. The PAIR Specialist first asked the students what they thought of when they heard the word “measurement.” They threw out words such as “inches, feet, meters, liters, pounds, grams, centimeters, etc.”
The PAIR Specialist then introduced the arts strategy, Pineapple Rhinoceros. The PAIR Specialist explained that when she said 10, the students would be 100% pineapple and when she got to 1, the students would be 100% rhinoceros. The numbers in between would be their process of morphing from one shape to another.
Once we went from 10-1 and 1-10 with movements, we talked about what we would use to measure 100% pineapple and 100% rhinoceros and how those units of measurement were different. We continued this process two more times and the teacher was able to step in and take over the game. The students were able to talk about measuring things by both size and weight.