My Own Legend: Red: What I have guessed is a little easier than grade level. ****Please note this is only my interpretation! Yellow: Alberta curriculum Specific Learning Expectation (SLE) ****Please check original curriculum as I cannot guarantee accuracy! ****The SLE’s are in my own order, NOT the same order as the curriculum. Green: What I have guessed is a little more difficult than grade level. ****Please note that this is only my interpretation! 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.
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
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.