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Lesson Plans

Learning to use a ruler

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David Zimmerman (fastedy)
Tue, 22 Apr 1997 21:15:03 -1000


I've been fighting this for years at the high school level!! Its amazing
to me that this simple skill isn't in place. They were okay with whole
inches but were totally lost with anything under a half. I chose not to
ignore it because in my commercial art lessons there was a lot of measuring
and pasting up. I just have to stop and do a lesson using the ruler. I
tell the kids who whine, "hey this isn't math!" that using a ruler is a
life skill and at some point in their life, they will have occasion to
measure something--even if its their own height or waist.

You could make it into an art project by assigning shapes made out of lines
of specific length (although these are a pain in the butt to grade!)
Sometimes I gave a test question on my Art I exams telling them to draw
lines at specific lengths. You might try this early in the year to see who
doesn't have these skills. You could make it more fun by having them
measure each others skulls, arms or feet and then having another student
check the measurments. Its just too important a skill to let pass.

I will note however, that I discourage kids from using rulers in regular
drawing from life. I teach them how to measure using their thumb and
pencil and to compare sizes while they draw. I stress that learning to SEE
size relationships is crucial to drawing.

Deb Rosenbaum
fastedy (David Zimmerman)

A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the butt.

A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the butt.