Gulliver's Worlds: Measuring and Scaling

Students use measurement and estimation to determine the scale factor that relates the sizes of things in mythical Brobdingnag (taken from Gulliver’s Travels) to the sizes of things in real life “Ourland.” They then use clues from Gulliver’s journal to determine the scale factor of objects that are reduced in size and the effect of rescaling on linear, area and volume measures. Lastly, they explore scale factors – both integer and non-integer – that enlarge and that reduce sizes.

NCTM Standard: Geometry

NCTM Standard: Measurement

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