Measuring with Fizzagorks

This image suggests that you can create your own system for measuring lengths! Of course, the length of the magenta segment will look different on different devices and browser windows, but you may print this page to see the "official" length. Remember, though, it's your measurement system, so you may choose any length you like.


Noticing and Wondering about lengths

I notice that 1 fizzagork is small.
I notice that fizza- looks like a prefix.
I wonder if there are some number of gorks in a fizzagork.
I wonder if a fizzagork is longer or shorter than a gork.
I wonder how many fizzagorks tall I am.
I wonder how many fizzagorks (or gorks) are in one mile.
I wonder long is 1 million fizzagorks is. How about 1 billion or 1 trillion fizzagorks?

I wonder how to measure lengths in gorks and fizzagorks without ever thinking about familiar units like inches or feet.
I wonder if I could create a fizzagork ruler to make measurements.
I notice that the word "gork" could have other prefixes besides fizza-.
I notice that I could use fizzagorks as a starting point for measuring area and volume.
I notice that I could create units for other types of measurements, too!

Noticing and Wondering about other measurements

Area and Volume

I wonder what 100 square fizzagorks looks like.
I notice that 100 square fizzagorks looks smaller than I expected.
I wonder what 100 cubic fizzagorks look like.
I wonder what 1 million (or billion or trillion) square or cubic fizzagorks looks like.

I wonder if I could find areas (volumes) of objects in my classroom in square (cubic) fizzagorks without ever thinking of familiar units such as square (cubic) inches.



I wonder how much 1000 cubic fizzagorks of water weighs.
I notice that I could use this weight as a unit to create my own system for measuring weights. (For example, I could call this unit a triggle.)
I wonder if I could use something other than water to create the new unit of weight.

I wonder how many triggles my textbook weighs.
I wonder how many fizzatriggles some of the other objects in my classroom weigh.
I wonder if I can measure the weights of objects in triggles without thinking of familiar units such as ounces or pounds.










I wonder if I could set up a time unit (for example, a "blap") without referring to familiar units such as seconds or minutes.
I wonder how I could measure time intervals in this unit.
I wonder how I would measure my fastest running speed in fizzagorks per blap!