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Scuba Diving in Belize

In this 5-lesson multi-media unit, students will explore various real-world applications of different forms of measurement, including time and distance. They will make estimations and calculations. Throughout the unit, students will be using online resources to familiarize themselves with coral reefs, the nation of Belize, and to plan a pretend scuba diving trip. Activity sheets (pdf), links to online resources, assessment options and other commentary are provided.
Contributed by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) - Publisher, Tamie Dickson - Author
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
Teaching Measurement in Grades 3-5This collection of resources is intended to help educators develop measurement skills and understanding in mathematical and real-world contexts. The resources assist in teaching selection of unit, comparing sizes, estimating, calculating elapsed time, and measuring length, angle, area, and volume. Resource types include videos, articles, instructor guides, lessons and unit plans. More measurement resources can be found in a companion classroom collection and in a second PD collection for grades K-2.
Math TopicMeasurement, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes, Other Math Topic
Grade Level3, 4, 5
Resource TypeActivity, Problem Set, Unit of Instruction, Video

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary ConnectionScience, Science:Environmental science, Science:Marine science, Science:Climate:Weather, Science:Life science:Biology, Technology, Social Studies
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorNational Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) - Publisher, Tamie Dickson - Author
    • Publication Date2008
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2000 - 2012 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 5
      If you like multi-disc themes...
      By Uncle Bob on 05/24/2012 - 11:52
    • This unit employs important math activities, real problems and web resources that make this virtual plan and trip come to life.