Say, “Today we are going to do a measurement activity with partners. One person in the pair will take one turn and then both of you will measure. Then the other person will write down the result. Then you will trade places. Later we will collect the data. Our unit of length today is this straw."
Hold up a straw. Call on two students to learn and demonstrate how to measure putting the straws end to end then moving each straw to the next end while counting the number of times you repeat this. Pairs can practice measuring a few small items in the classroom.
Say, “Today we are going to measure how far your flying saucer will go! (Hold up the paper plate.) Think before you fly because you are only allowed one turn!" You may want to allow one practice toss if you have a small, manageable class.
Put students in pairs and give them one paper plate, a piece of paper and a pencil. Instruct the students to write their names on the plate.
Students should spread out around the room. One student tosses the plate. Together they will measure and then the other student will write down the number of units. Repeat.
When completed, the students should take one piece of construction paper and cut out the amount of circles (all the same color) that represents the units the saucer flew. So if Natalie’s saucer flew ten units of length she would cut out 10 circles of all the same color.
Next the students will glue the circles in a straight row vertically going up from their names. This makes a bar graph.
To avoid a jam up of children gluing on the circles, you may want to allow only a few at a time while the others decorate the flyer saucers just for fun.