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)