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Our Class Record Book

Christy Clanton
Bay District Schools


Our Class Record Book is an ongoing collection of information about our class. Each entry provides an opportunity for the class to extend their measurement skills.


The student solves real-world problems involving length, weight, perimeter, area, capacity, volume, time, temperature, and angles.

The student uses direct (measured) and indirect (not measured) measures to calculate and compare measurable characteristics.

The student selects and uses appropriate standard and nonstandard units of measurement, according to type and size.

The student determines which units of measurement, such as seconds, square inches, dollars per tankful, to use with answers to real-world problems.

The student selects and uses appropriate instruments and technology, including scales, rulers, thermometers, measuring cups, protractors, and gauges, to measure in real-world situations.

The student determines range, mean, median, and mode from sets of data.


-Clear-view binder
-Plastic page protectors to hold class entries into the book
-Paper for the pages in the book
-Word processing software loaded at computer stations with printer
-Library reference area
-Chart paper for class list of ideas for Our Class Record Book and marker
-Measurement Journals
-Student copies of -My Measurement Instrument Usage Chart.-


1. Collect binder, page protectors, printing paper and ink, chart paper, and marker
2. Make copies of student Measurement Journals and -My Measurement Instrument Usage Chart-
3. Set up word processing software and printer at computer station
4. Check library reference area for availability of -record book- samples


1. As a beginning of the year community-building activity, the teacher introduces Our Class Record Book. The book becomes part of the ongoing publication of class and student writings that comprise our Sunrise Press Library of books that are shared with families. The book is a clear-view binder that has a colorful cover design chosen and created by the team of the day. Initially, entries are teacher-generated to include elapsed time records collected during transitional times (i.e., class bathroom or water breaks; time preparing for music, art, lunch, or library; time to walk to art, music, lunch, library; etc.). As the class engages in Slam Dunk-its (motivating, fun, incentive rewards), measurements are collected, recorded, and calculated to determine class averages, means, and modes.
2. Students look at examples of -record books- in the reference area of the library. They are searching for the kinds of entries that are posted in -record books.-
3. Students work in cooperative teams to prepare a list of proposed record ideas for the class book. Team leaders share the ideas from their team that are recorded on the class list of ideas for the book as well as the measurement unit that will be used in collecting the data.
4. Data for entries is then collected throughout the Measurement Unit as well as throughout the year, with the team of the day word processing the entry.
5. Students are then given an assignment to create a record book of their own to share with the class that would provide documentation for their Measurement Journal entry entitled: -My Measurement Instrument Usage Chart.-
6. As students collect data for the class book or their own book they are given classroom time to record in their Measurement Journal.
7. During the last few weeks of school, students are asked to look back at their personal and class record books. They respond to the following prompt in their Measurement Journals: Explain a system that can be used in creating a book that reports measurement data to others.


Students self-assess using My Measurement Intrument Usage Chart and write an explanation of systems in their Measurement Journal. Teacher collects Measurement Journals to assess calculations of averages, means, and modes.

Attached Files

My Measurement Instrument Usage Chart     File Extension: pdf

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