Grade 1 Mathematics Module 3, Topic A

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The module opens in Topic A by extending students’ kindergarten experiences with direct length measurement to indirect measurement whereby the length of one object is used to compare that of two other objects (1.MD.1). Students explore direct comparison in Lesson 1, comparing the length of two objects paying close attention to the endpoints of each to ensure accurate comparisons. Students draw on their kindergarten experiences as they use longer than and shorter than as they compare. In Lesson 2, students begin to use indirect comparison (or transitivity) as they compare each item to one consistent item, such as a piece of string or a strip of construction paper of a specific length. Items are then compared to each other through the indirect comparison. For instance, if the crayon is shorter than the paper strip and the pencil is longer than the paper strip, we can say that the crayon is also shorter than the pencil. As a way to prove their conclusions from indirect comparisons, students use direct comparison to verify their claims. Lesson 3 extends the use of indirect comparison to compare distances between objects that cannot be moved next to each other for direct comparison. Students use the same transitive process to compare short distances within the classroom in order to see what the shortest path to their classroom door is, which is helpful to know for lining up and emergencies. After measuring each path from their desks to the door with the same piece of string, students are able to make statements such as, “Maya’s path is shorter than the string. Bailey’s path is longer than the string. That means Bailey’s path to the door is longer than Maya’s path.”

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Common Core Learning Standards

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1.MD.1 Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third...

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