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Lesson Plans


Rulers

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Peggy Woolsey (woolspeg)
Tue, 22 Apr 1997 20:46:33 +0800


>I have a question for you all. I have noticed that kids, regardless of
>age, do not know how to use the ruler. I found this to be the case even
>when I was student teaching at the high school level. The kids don't seem
>to have a clue of where the markings are (especially 1/2, 1/4, etc.) and
>often want to start at the "1" and not at the end of the ruler at "0".

Hey Melissa,
Glad you posted this. I figure if kids learn nothing else in my art
class, they will learn to use a ruler. I use them all the time for many
things. I keep them and hand them out and collect them. Have you had the
experienace of graphing up using rulers and finding that kids in grade 9
and high school do not understand the concept of ratio? When I query the
math teachers, they assure me that the kids can do ratios. Just not applied
to anything I guess. By the way, an old sign painters trick is to start
measuring from "1" and add on the other end. Since many rulers have bit off
ends, this makes the measurement more accurate. The other thing I teach
kids to use is a sponge. Many do not know how to use one. There is skill to
everything! Peggy