We are coming up to measurement in our curriculum and I have always felt that we needed more hands on experience in this area. This year our objectives include not only the usual non-standard units of measurement, but the introduction and use of a ruler as well. But of course before we get to those rulers, we need to understand measurement from the conceptual stand point.
Next we will try our hand at non-standard measurement: Paper clips, teddy manipulatives, pennies, and snap cubes.
After measuring a variety classroom items with a choice of 4 different non-standard units of measure over 2 different lessons, students will try out even more non-standard units of measure with larger items in the classroom. These are great to start as whole group, but then transition into a math tub. All of these activities could be done as whole group, small group, or in math centers! There are 5 different lessons and each has a variety of activities.
As a cute bulletin board, students will trace and measure their hands and feet. They will write on a long scroll to have as a keepsake too!
Once students have a solid grasp on non-standard measurement, they will begin measuring with a ruler.
I also added measurement to my series of A Teacher’s Math Resource. In this pack you will find more teaching posters, vocabulary, question stems, essential questions, and big ideas to keep posted on your concept wall or to display as you teach your measurement curriculum.
For the entire first semester of these resources click below. (The first one on numeracy is a free download in my store)