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Measurement and Data


K, 1st, 2nd




30 minutes

Regional Focus



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Build a Tree Center

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Apr 21, 2024
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In this center activity, students will design and create a tree using a variety of building materials. Students will also use standard and nonstandard units of measurement to measure and compare their creations.
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Teaching Tips

  • There are three levels of measurement to choose from. Students may use whichever method aligns with their ability and prior knowledge.

  • This activity is best done in a building or construction center. Alternatively, an open area on the floor will work. 

  • Teacher can print the leaf templates and glue them to cardboard or draw directly on cardboard. Alternatively, green craft sticks can be used in place of leaves.

Scientist Notes

A background on the importance of trees in the carbon cycle is given via this activity. It enables pupils to consider the effects of trees in urban areas and green spaces and quantify their richness. After reviewing all of the related supporting resources, we suggest using this task in the classroom.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

Supporting Standards

  • Mathematics
    • Measurement (K-5)
      • K.M.A.1 Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
      • K.M.A.2 Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has "more of"/"less of" the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.
      • 1.M.A.1 Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.
      • 1.M.A.2 Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end; understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps. Limit to contexts where the object being measured is spanned by a whole number of length units with no gaps or overlaps.
      • 2.M.A.1 Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
      • 2.M.A.4 Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit.

Note On Standards:

This lesson is aligned to SubjectToClimate standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.

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