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BC: Dedicated to my future students

FC: Handy Dandy BIG Foot | By: Emily Paul

1: NCTM Measurement Standards -Understand how to measure using nonstandard and standard units NYSED Living Environment Standards -Understand that organisms inherit genetic information in a variety of ways that result in continuity of structure and function between parents and offspring -Understand organisms maintain a dynamic equilibrium that sustains life by humans eating healthy foods, exercise, and rest in order to grow and maintain good health.

2: About the Author | Emily Paul is a graduate student at Brooklyn College studying Elementary School Education. She is expected to receive her

3: Handy Dandy Big Foot is a fun story for children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. The purpose of this book is to teach the concept of Nonstandard Units of measurement. It also includes science by teaching good health and why genes make us all look different and unique. Henry is very smart, popular and funny but he has one BIG problem. His problem is that after a summer break, Henry's feet have grown to be gigantic compared to any one of his friends. Read about Henry's adventure on coming back to school and having the biggest feet but the most handy tool used to measure

4: Henry and his mom Mary were watching television the night before the first day of school. Mary said to Henry, "Henry, are you going to be okay to go to school tomorrow?" Henry replied, "I don't know mom I am really scared my friends will make fun of me"

5: "There is nothing you can do sweetie. Your friends might laugh at you but just think you are one of a kind."

6: The next day finally came and Henry's mom dropped him off at school.

7: Mary gave Henry his lunch and his school bag and said, "Have a good day at school Henry, if you need me you can call anytime". Henry replied, "Thanks mom, I love you"

8: As Henry walked to his friends it felt like someone took his stomach and turned it upside down. \

9: Henry went up to his friends that he hadn't seen all summer because he was too scared to leave his house.

10: His friends Amy and Emily's eyes went straight to Henry's feet and their mouths dropped to the floor. Emily said, "Should we rush you to the hospital?" I knew this would happen.

11: \ | I said, "No guys, my feet just decided to grow very big, but my doctor says it is normal.". | IT IS GOING BE OKAY!!!!!!!

12: "Your feet are far from normal", said Amy. The bell rang and they all knew they had to get to Mrs. Page's class. She gets mad if they are a second late.

13: They all filed into the room and said hello to Mrs. Page. She is a little bit grumpy sometimes so everyone went straight to their seats.

14: Once they were all seated, Mrs Page asked them to name one fun thing they did this summer. Henry saw the other kids reach for the ceiling to get called on by Mrs. Page.

15: A lot of the students said they went to the beach, on trips and water parks. "My family and I painted our house and we had to measure every wall.", said Sally.

16: Mrs. Page smiled and said, "I am glad you were able to measure this summer because we are going to measure objects in our classroom today"

17: Mrs. Page asked the class, "Does everyone have their hands, arms, legs and feet with them today?" . The class laughed and looked at her funny because they didn't know how these body parts will help measure their classroom.

18: "We can measure any object using nonstandard measurements, such as our body. We can find out how many of our hands it takes to measure the width of the desk." says Mrs, Page.

19: Mrs Page asks Billy how many of his hands are the width of the desk. Billy answered, "5 hands". Emily then raised her hand and says, "Wait, it only took 6 of my hands to measure the width of the desk". | Billy's Measurement 5 hands | Emily's Measurement = 6 hands | Billy's Measurement 5 Hands | Emily Measurement 6 Hands

20: Mrs. Page solved the problem and told her students that everyone is born with different size hands and feet. They all have different genes in their families that cause them to look differently.

21: Mrs. Page said, "Another reason why we look different is because some of us may take more vitamins than others or we eat different foods that make our bones grow bigger and stronger."

22: Mrs Page told the class there is something called a Food Group Pyramid. This pyramid helps us eat healthy with all kinds of foods. It also tells how much we eat should eat of those foods.

23: Mrs Page told the class that a lot of classroom objects can be measured but if they wanted to measure the hallway, it would take them a lot longer. Joe replied to Mrs. Page, "Wait, what if Henry did it for us."

24: Henry stood up while his face turned from ice to fire. Henry then realized maybe he could be the only one in his school that could measure the hallway in half the time someone else could.

25: It turns out Henry's mom went up to Mrs. Page a week before school started without Henry and told her about Henry's problem. She was very understanding and promised to take good care of Henry. Mrs. Page smiled and winked at Henry, and said "Well Henry, you have one nonstandard unit of measure that no one else can use"

26: Henry walked out with a burst of confidence to the hallway. He started from the beginning of the hallway by the window to the end of the hallway. He put one foot in front of the other and the class started to count out loud as he walked.

27: The class shouted "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20". It took 20 of Henry's big feet to measure the hallway. The whole class including Mrs. Page clapped and chanted, "Henry, Henry" | 2 gray boxes=1 hallway

28: As the day went on, the class continued to use their hands, feet and legs to measure their classroom objects. They recorded their data on a chart. At the end of the day, the class compared their results. | THE END

29: Extension Activities | 1. Have students at school use their hands and feet measure classroom objects 2.Have children at home use their hands and feet to measure how long their kitchen table is or how long their backyard is 3. Use Food Pyramid Interactive Activities at http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/food/fgp_interactive.html AND www.dairycouncilofca.org/Tools/MyPyramid/ 4. In one week, have the children record what parts of the Food Pyramid they completed

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