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Being able to figure the distance from point A to point B is a task many people take for granted (or in some cases, can't do very accurately). Everyday, people estimate how much their grocery bill is going to be at the supermarket or how long it will take to complete a list of errands. Getting your students to work on such skills now, means they will get better and better at it as time goes on. Have each student turn in his or her estimate, then at the end of the day assign a few students to determine the exact answer to the problem. Award those with the most accurate answer with a treat, or give titles for "Top Estimator of the Week" by putting their name on the chalkboard. The list of exercises below will get you started.
  1. length of the room in meters
  2. width of room
  3. height of room
  4. distance from door to outside door
  5. amount of candy in a jar
  6. weight of chalkboard eraser in grams
  7. high temperature for the day
  8. length of teacher's desk
  9. height of Mrs. Willis (name a teacher in your building)
  10. amount of wooden cubes in the coffee can
  11. amount of dominoes in plastic box
  12. amount of multiplication flash cards in a packet
  13. weight of empty pop can/grams
  14. weight of 10 plain m&ms
  15. weight of 10 peanut m&ms
  16. amount of paper clips in box
  17. number of pages in a certain book
  18. circumference of a soccer ball
  19. distance from floor to door knob
  20. length of window
  21. width of window
  22. length of chalkboard
  23. amount of beans in a jar
  24. length of pond
  25. width of pond
  26. height of chalkboard
  27. number of sheets in a package of construction paper
  28. number of cement blocks in the room
  29. number of pieces of chalk in basket
  30. length of our jump rope
  31. weight of 2 push pencils
  32. weight of bag of marbles
  33. weight of 5 Tootsie® rolls
  34. number of students standing shoulder to shoulder to reach across our classroom
  35. the total number of letters in everyone’s first and last name for our class
  36. number of students in our class with winter birthdays
  37. number of students in our class born in Wichita (town or city where you teach)