Getting ready for your measurement unit? I always have so much fun teaching the younger students about measurement. I love that it is so hands-on at the beginning levels.
Some third and fourth graders still miss the basic understandings that you are measuring spaces and not just counting the lines on a ruler. That’s why using non-standard measurements is so important. I always find some students that place the item they are measuring at the 1 on the ruler and not all the way to the end. Understanding that you start at 0 is not the easiest concept, but making sure to not skip measuring with non-standard units that emphasize the measurement of space, helps to anchor that thinking. That’s why all the hands-on activities we do in the early grades is so important.
By measuring with color tiles, blocks, teddy bear counters, and other manipulatives, students are placing the units as they measure and do not count “1” until the unit that occupies the space is placed.
Finding real objects they are familiar with that match given lengths helps students establish reference points. These reference points for measurement become very important later when students have to answer such questions as, “About how long is a ________?”
Comparing is another critical measurement skill. This is a real-life application of the greater than and less than number skills we work on and spiral through our curriculum.
The measurement resource below has the above pages plus much more. There is a super fun game and a math center included! The game is so much fun it will have your students measuring everything in your room in grasshoppers and lady bugs! If you’d like a different version of the game to try out, download the freebie below. It will have your whole class measuring in caterpillars and bees!
I’d love to know how your kids like the game and center! Please leave a comment and let me know what’s their (or your :)) favorite activity. Thanks!!
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