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Measuring with Toothpicks

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Introduction

Answer these questions as you explore measuring with toothpicks.


1. How many toothpicks do you think it would take to make a line of toothpicks across the top of your paper?_______

 

2. Now make the line and count the toothpicks. How many did you need? _____

 

3. How close was your estimate (guess)? _____

 

4. How many toothpicks do you think it would take to make one line of toothpicks from the top to the bottom of the paper? _____

 

5. Now, try it! How many toothpicks did it take? _____

 

6. How close was your estimate (guess)? _____

 

7. Now get a book. How many toothpicks do you think it would it take to measure the width of a book from side to side? _____

 

8. Now try it! How many toothpicks did it take? _____

 

9. Now try estimating and then measuring other objects using toothpicks. Are your estimates getting better? Why?

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