Estimation Lesson
Estimation Lesson Plan


Make learning how to estimate fun by using Shodor's computer applets. This lesson combines the use of four different computer estimation applets with several classroom estimation activities.

Standards (NCTM Grades 3-5)

Number and Operation

Compute fluently and make reasonable estimates


Apply appropriate techniques, tools, and formulas to determine measurements

Student Prerequisites

Teacher Preparation

Have several different shapes taped off throughout the classroom

Students will need:

Lesson Outline

  1. Focus and Review
  2. Objectives

    Students learn what estimation is and refine their estimation skills through several estimation activities.

  3. Teacher Input
  1. Guided Practice
  1. Independent Practice
  1. Closure
Extensions and Modifications