Friday, February 13, 2015

2.MD. 1-6 Measurement

We finally finished our unit on counting money so it was time to begin our unit on measurement.  This is such a hands on unit.  The kids love, love, love measurement.  We began our first lesson by making our own ruler.  We talked about the need to have a "standard" way to measure things so that everyone would get the same measurement when something was measured.  We used our "rulers" to go around the classroom and measure different things.  We learned that there are 12 inches in a foot and there are three feet in a yard.  Next we made yardsticks.  We talked about why we may need something longer than a ruler to measure some things.  Again, we measured things in our classroom.
After inches, feet and yards we learned to measure using centimeters and meters.  Next we leaned to estimate and then measure.  For one activity, I put 4 different lengths of masking tape on the carpet.  Students went into groups and estimated each strip and then used their yard stick to measure the length of the tape. 

They did very well with this activity and loved being up and about so then I became REALLY brave.  I gave them real yardsticks and we went on a measuring adventure!  We went into the hallway.  The students were to find things to measure on the walls, measure the doors, windows, rugs, etc. 

They had a great time and immediately asked if we could do it again later!  What a fun way to take a "brain break"!  I'll have to keep the yard sticks handy! You can find all of these ruler and yardstick patterns and the entire math unit in my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking HERE!  Next week we will practice using measuring tapes and we will measure a buddy! 
What do you all do for measurement?  I would love to hear your ideas! 


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