Ordering Objects by Length

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Zuri and Freddie are going to follow a recipe to make a magic potion. The recipe says they need a carrot, licorice, and a magic peacock feather, but they have to sort and add each ingredient in order based on their length or the recipe won't work. Let’s learn to sort objects by length so we can help Zuri and Freddie!

What is Length?

When finding the length of an object, ask yourself 'how long is it?'. Finding the length of an object can help with sorting objects by length such as sorting objects from shortest to longest and sorting objects from longest to shortest.

How do you Compare Lengths?

If we need to order objects by length, first we need to compare the length of each object. Take a look at the pencils below. Each end of the pencil is lined up. Why is it important to line up one end when ordering objects by length? If the ends are all lined up, it makes it easy to compare and see with our eyes the different lengths of each one.

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How do you Order Objects by Length?

If we want to order the pencils from shortest to longest, start by asking ’which object is the shortest?. Since the ends are lined up, we can see that the blue pencil is the shortest so it is first. Next, the green pencil is longer than the blue pencil, but not as long as the red pencil so the green pencil is next. The red pencil is last, because it is the longest.

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Order Objects by Length Summary

If we want to order and compare objects by length, first find the length. When finding the length of an object, ask yourself 'how long is it?'. Finding the length of an object can help with sorting objects by length such as sorting objects from shortest to longest and sorting objects from longest to shortest.

We can order objects from longest to shortest and shortest to longest.

Have you practiced yet? On this website you can order objects by length and use other activities and exercises to practice.

Transcript Ordering Objects by Length

Zuri and Freddie are going to follow a recipe to make a magic potion. The recipe says they need a carrot, licorice, and a magic peacock feather... but they have to sort and add each ingredient in order based on their length or the recipe won't work. Let's practice "Ordering Objects by Length" to help Zuri and Freddie make their magic potion. When finding the length of an object, ask yourself 'how long is it?'. We can use length to measure an object, such as these building blocks... and we can use length to compare objects. Sometimes we need to compare and order objects based on their length. For example HERE is a blue pencil and a red pencil. What do you notice about the blue pencil compared to the red pencil? (...) The blue pencil is SHORTER than the red pencil. HERE is a green pencil (...) what do you notice about the green pencil compared to the blue pencil? (...) The green pencil is LONGER than the blue pencil. Now, let's look at all three pencils, and put them in order from SHORTEST to LONGEST. Which pencil is the SHORTEST? (...) The blue pencil is the SHORTEST (...) because the other pencils are longer, so this pencil is first. Which pencil is next? (...) The green pencil is next (...) because it is LONGER than the blue pencil, but it is SHORTER than the red pencil. Which pencil is the LONGEST? (...) The red pencil is the longest... because the other pencils are SHORTER, so this pencil is last. Now that we've practiced ordering objects by length... let's help Zuri and Freddie sort the ingredients for their magic potion. They have a carrot, licorice, and a magic peacock feather... and the recipe says to add them in order from SHORTEST to LONGEST. Which ingredient is the SHORTEST? (...) The licorice is the SHORTEST because the other ingredients are longer... so we can put it first. Which ingredient is LONGER than the licorice but SHORTER than the other one? (...) The carrot, because it is LONGER than the licorice, but it is not the LONGEST... so we put it second. Which ingredient is the LONGEST? (...) The magic peacock feather is the longest... because it is longer than the carrot and licorice, (...) so it is last. Now they are ready to add the ingredients! First Freddie adds the licorice... and Zuri adds the carrot... and finally (...) the magic peacock feather. Before we see how their potion turned out let's summarize. Remember (...) when finding the length of an object, ask yourself 'how long is it?'. Sometimes we need to compare and order objects based on their length. We can order objects from SHORTEST (...) to LONGEST... or from LONGEST (...) to SHORTEST. (...) "Oh wow! It's starting to bubble a lot!" "Look out!" "Did we just make a unicorn!?" "Okay, so we'll name it Bubbles and she can sleep on my bed and..." "Zuri! We can't possibly fit (...) oh never mind."