Estimate the lengths of these lines in centimetres.
Add your estimates together.
Hint: Your classroom door is probably two metres tall. How do the lines compare to that length?
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The answer will vary depending on how large your projector image is. Use a tape measure or ruler to measure the lines then add the results together. Who in the class got closest to the sum of your measurements?
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Teaching idea: Allow the pupils to work on this activity without any help. Once they have arrived at an answer, collect ideas from the class about strategies used then give the pupils a chance to re-estimate the lengths. As a point of reference, the classroom door is probably around 2m tall. Use a large ruler to find the correct lengths but stress that getting the answer exactly right was not expected.
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