General Ideas:

bring in real tape measures, scales etc.

measure favourite stuffies: give awards for longest, shortest etc.graph the results

make a treasure map

make a mystery map to follow in school (Measured Treasure)

order from epl: “Ready, Set, Count” book for many measurement and shape ideas

Measurement as Comparison:

GLE: Demonstrate an understanding of measurement as a process of comparing by:

• identifying attributes that can be compared

• ordering objects

• making statements of comparison

• filling, covering or matching.

http://www.pbs.org/teachers/connect/resources/7684/preview/

measuring games

start a height chart in September

United Streaming videos:

Discovering Math Grades k-2 Measurement

Math Monsters Standard and Non-Standard Measurement

Common Attributes:

Identify common attributes, such as length (height), mass (weight), volume (capacity) and area that could be used to compare two given objects.

Which is bigger? Discover that bigger and smaller are sometimes to general and are only useful as a comparison.

Order Objects:

Order a set of objects by length (height), mass (weight), volume (capacity) or area, and explain their ordering.

make tall/short books etc.

Compare two given objects, and identify the attributes used to compare.

Longest/Shortest:

Determine which of two or more given objects is longest/shortest by matching, and explain the reasoning.

Measuring Length and Height

“Mother May I” game: giant steps, baby steps etc.

measure long jumps

order their pencil crayons

use feet, hands etc as non-standard measures

hook paper clips together to measure, toothpicks

Which non-standard units would be best to measure and ant or an elephant?

discuss vocabulary: tall, short, long, farthest

race toy cars in the hallway

use different length straws for measuring

give out different lengths of yarn, then go find something the same length

make ruler with strips of cardboard with cheerios glued to it

build with lego, give small, med, large lego to different kids to measure same things

use streamers to measure: cut how long student estimates playground slide is, then see who was closest

use unifix or cuisinere blocks

extension: learn about centimeters, millimeters and meters

give different measurement tools (eg. short streamer vs. long streamer) to different kids to see that smaller tools are best for smaller measuring and larger for larger measuring

draw pictures, draw line at top and at bottom of picture and then use bingo dabbers to measure between the lines to find out how tall the picture is (may want to draw tall animals and short animals etc.)

make a step map by using foot prints or steps from one place to another; estimate first; record measurements on a school map (could be done at home too)

length scavenger hunt: find something longer than or shorter than example, use non-standard measurement tool to measure certain things, find things that equal a given measurement

trace around own foot, then draw something shorter and something longer than foot

hide a ruler or a paper ruler somewhere in the room; show kids an example of what to look for; when they find it, can't say anything; just write name on board until everyone has found it; or go point to something else in the room that is approximately the same length

teach how to use a string to measure the length of something, then hold it against a ruler

use graphing to chart measurements

find out the length of very small animals and very large animals and then show them on a horizontal bar graph, real size? on bulletin board paper in hallway? blue whale 33m and hog nosed bat 3cm

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/blue-whale-interactive

- Have pieces of string that are a wide variety of length. Allow students to find things around the classroom that are longer, shorter, the same size as the pieces of string.

Heaviest/Lightest:

Determine which of two or more given objects is heaviest/lightest by comparing, and explain the reasoning.conservation of weight: the biggest object is not always the heaviest; make prediction then pick up and compare.

make own scale with ruler over eraser or upturned cup

weigh different types of food, or parts of food eg. orange, orange peel etc.

- Fold a piece of paper in half and on one side draw an object on the other side draw something that ended up being lighter.

Holds Most/Least:

Determine which of two or more given objects holds the most/least by filling, and explain the reasoning.

- Have a variety of jars and a large container of rice. Allow students to explore the volumes of the different jars.

http://www.abc.net.au/countusin/games/game15.htm

Which container holds the most?conservation of mass: taller containers do not always hold the most

fill backpacks with beanbags

http://www.abc.net.au/countusin/games/game15.htm

make popcorn; make cylinder containers using one piece of paper each; one rolled lengthwise and one rolled width wise

http://www.education.com/activity/article/volumescience_first/

lesson for greatest fist size by putting in container of water and measuring displacement

bring in different size milk containers

make lemonade, recipe, weigh, capacity in different cups

Greatest/Least Area:

Determine which of two or more given objects has the greatest/least area by covering, and explain the reasoning.

use lego, paper, tape on floor or wall tiles, graham wafers

use Hersey bars to measure area

use floor tiles to measure area of papers etc.

colour pictures on graph paper, can only use whole (or half?) squares

Culminating Activities:

Measurement Olympics (notebook file)

- Olympic Golf with plastic golf clubs and cotton balls

- Olympic Flying with paper airplanes,

- Olympic Frisbee with paper plates,

- Olympic Smiles--measured the width of their biggest smile with yarn then rulers

- Olympic High Jump--put a wet sponge in hand and jumped up beside our building and touched the sponge to it--then measured,

- Olympic Death Grip--had a container of wet sponges-each took a sponge out and over a measuring cup squeezed out as much water as possible

- Olympic Jump Rope--counted in one minute how many jumps they could do.

measure favourite stuffies: give awards for longest, shortest etc. and graph the results

make hand prints etc for a giant, estimating from own measurements x10

Jack and the Beanstalk: which measurements for beans, beanstalk, golden egg etc.

make School Book of World Records: kids make pages

put out variety of measurement tools; ask which could be used to measure pencil etc.

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