Here is a great way to combine MATH and a CRAFT ACTIVITY. Plus this Measuring Wheel can be used when doing lots of SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS.
A Measuring Wheel is great when measuring things that are longer than a tape measure, yardstick, or meter stick and also for things that aren't straight!
A Measuring Wheel also encourages kids to use addition, multiplication, and other math skills while having fun! Students can have fun using the measuring wheel indoors or outdoors!
- heavy duty plastic plate or other round object
- tape measure
- large fastener
- ruler/yardstick/meter stick with a hole at one end
- Decide if you want to make an inch or cm. measuring wheel.
- Use a tape measure to measure the outside edge of your wheel (the circumference). My large plastic plate was 32 inches.
- Make a large arrow on the wheel (plate) to indicate the starting point.
- Mark off the plate in inches or centimeters, if desired.
- Make a small hole in the center of the plate.
- Attach the handle (ruler) with a large paper fastener. I used a ruler that had a hole at one end. My husband made a hole in the Home Depot yardstick that cost me 77 cents!
- Now you have a great math and science tool!
- Next choose something that you want to measure!
- Place the arrow on the plate at your starting point.
- Use the arrow on the plate to count the number of times the plate turns.
- When done measuring, multiply the number of times the plate turned by the circumference. Addition can be used instead of multiplication if desired.
- Older students can convert their measurement from cm. or inches to meters or yards.
Have fun with math and measurement!