First of all, here are the books that we are using:
- Moving Beyond the Page - Measurement unit (Concept 2, age 6-8) This was actually the inspiration for studying measurement. I love Moving Beyond the Page but with three children of varying ages, I have had to add to the unit so that all my children are engaged.
- Measurement Mania: Games and Activities that Make Math Easy and Fun - This book is awesome, we will be working through the whole first section this week - it includes fun measuring ideas such as body measurement, jump measurement and much, much more.
- Measuring Size (Mathematics for Fun) - This one has great hands-on ideas for making measurement more concrete.
- If You Were an Inch or a Centimeter (Math Fun) - Fun and easy introduction to inches and centimeters, and why we use them.
- For Good Measure: The Ways We Say How Much, How Far, How Heavy, How Big, How Old - I'm having my oldest read this one and then share her findings with her younger siblings. Really neat book.
- Science Project About Methods of Measuring (Science Projects) - Perfect for tying science into our curriculum and lots of great projects.
- The Librarian Who Measured the Earth - this is my read-aloud for this week for everyone to listen to - it pulls history into our study, yeah!
- Me and the Measure of Things - perfect book for my youngest (and my middler) for introducing measurement conversions, you know 12 inches = 1 foot. I might even make a game based on this book.
- Millions to Measure - another great read for discussing measurement conversions, also covers some history of measurement terms. Pretty interesting, even for the teacher. :)
- Tell Me How Far It Is (Whiz Kids) - Talks about distance - nice for younger children.
- How Big Is A Million? (Picture Books) - I still think this is the cutest book ever, but my kids weren't too thrilled. Go figure!
Estimate how many pennies fill up a 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup and 1 cup.
Estimate how many m&ms fill up a 1/3 c, 1/2 c and 1 c measure. (then eat m&m's, yummy)
Play with place value with manipulative blocks and craft supplies.
Measure our feet to see why the foot became the "standard" measure.
Measure, measure, measure -everything and anything.
Enjoy math centers that teach addition, subtraction and fraction practice.
Do a blind-draw of skittles, then tally a bag of skittles to see if our blind draw was an accurate sampling. Create a variety of graphs related to our Skittles tallies. (then eat Skittles, yum)
Make a math game that helps us remember our measurement conversions.
I'll share more soon - I need to go measure something.