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Reading to Gain Information (G.I.)
Personal Weight & Height Charts



Yard Stick


The objective is to create enthusiasm for math and also to provide students independent practice in reading “real world” print for students in the lower elementary grades using interactive math exercises.  The day before students will complete a personal information school form, they will be given the functional folders activity. 


The print items selected (ruler, height, feet, inches, weight, length, measure, scale, yard, shape, estimate, graph, etc.) have been glued on the left side of a file folder. Three sets of questions are written on index cards on the right side of the folder and are written at three levels of difficulty, targeted at the lower-, average-, and above-average reading levels for children in the primary grades.  The exercise can also be used to measure centimeters.


Set 1: (for the lowest reader)

How many inches are there on a ruler?

How many inches are there on a yard stick?

How many inches equal one foot?


Set 2: (for the average reader)

How many feet equal a yard?

How many inches in one-half of a foot?

How many rulers can you lay on top of a yard stick?


Set 3: (for the best readers)

How are inches broken down into fractions?

How many inches are in a foot?

How many inches are in a foot?



1.       The folder code is written on the answer sheet.

2.       Select the questions and answer them. When you are finished, lift the card and compare your answers with the ones on the back of the card.


Each folder has a folder code to facilitate record keeping and identify the objective of the folder. Thus, folder code F.D. #1, indicates Following Directions, folder Number 1.  A master list is used to record the code and contents of each folder. The Master List looks like this:

Functional Folder Master List


Folder Code


Folder Contents

F. D. #1

F. D. #2

F. D. #3


Personal Information Form


The children will be provided with an answer sheet. It consolidates all the students’ activities with folders on one sheet. The following illustrates the format and content of a typical folder and a sample answer sheet.


Personal Information Form


Set 1





Set 2





Set 3






Functional Folder Answer Sheet







Folder Code

Set #




F.D. #1


12, 36, 12


3, 6, 3


Inches can be broken down into 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16,

24, 48






















Before the students do the actual weighing and measuring of themselves, they will be given the functional reading folders to become familiar with measuring instruments.  Once they have gone through the folder exercises, students in the primary grades will fill out a Personal Information Sheet that includes their height, weight, and other personal information.  They will use a ruler and yard stick to measure their height.  They will use a scale to weigh themselves.  After the interactive math exercise, they will record the information on a form provided by the teacher.