Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Math Box – Measuring Size

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For whatever reason, Anna’s favorite episode in Sid the Science Kid lately has been the one about measuring sizes (I think it’s called The Whale Tale and it belongs to the first 5-episode unit about Science Tools). While she was watching it yet again, I organized her a measurement math box with a ruler, a measurement tape and a tailor tape. She was very happy to play with these tools for a Jan7_MathBox_2 while. I asked her to predict what will happen if she measures the box with three different measurement devices? Will they show the same number? She thought for a little bit and then predicted that yes, they will. Then she tested it, but tailor tape was a little hard for her to handle, and it was something that she didn’t see before. We talked how it is used and when and measured our heads and our hips.Jan7_MathBox_4 Once she had her fun for a couple of days with standard measuring tools (and in the end she used the ruler more or less correctly), I replaced them with Lego blocks and a big block to talk about non-standard measurements. It didn’t go over too well. Anna did measure the length of the block, but then informed me that Lego belongs upstairs and she wants to head there pronto, put them where they belong and then play with them. Still we all had fun and “inch by inch” we learn more about how size and distance are measured.

14 comments:

Nadia@FunWithMama said...

This seems pretty advanced.. Anna is a smart child! I didn't think to teach my son about measuring but maybe thats because he doesnt know his numbers(above 20) all that well yet

MaryAnne said...

Anna is a very smart girl. I love all of the things you organize for her to do, and the way you blog her reactions. And I got a laugh out of her telling you that Lego belongs upstairs and that she wanted to put them where they belong and play with them!

Christy said...

My kids love to measure things. They are constantly taking the measuring tape and rulers out to see how big things are. I'll have to get a tailor tape; I bet they will love it.

The Fifth Street Mama said...

Well at least she is a tidy kid :)

Great idea with all of the measuring instruments.

Debbie said...

Selena wasn't that interested when we first introduced the ruler, we will have to try it again, now that she is becoming more aware of sizes.

Love the tools you used and how Anna responded!

Ticia said...

I bet she'd love reading Inch by Inch by Leo Leonni. It's a great book for using nonstandard measurment. That or "Measuring Penny," by Loreen Leedy (I think).
I wonder what it'd be like to have a kid who is neat and tidy.....

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Sid the Science Kid sound like fun - we'll have to check it out. And, I like how you built on Anna's interest in the show, with some real life activities, it gives them a solid frame of reference.

danita said...

my son got a tape measure with his name on it for christmas. grandpa got it for him! it's a real one with a label from his label maker on it. it was the best present ever!

Our Little Family said...

What an awesome box AND learning activity. Is that the Sid episode where they measure with non-standard units of measure, too? We watched that a few days ago and I was really impressed with how they tackled it (but then ago, I love that show and don't mind watching it with Maddie). When I was teaching third grade, I was amazed at how year after year, they'd be in awe of the measuring tape or tailor's tape, simply because they'd never seen anything like that before. What a wonderful start you're giving Miss Anna!

Kim said...

Crumpet has been very interested in measuring lately, so that's going to be our unit next week. Thanks for your ideas. And wow, what a good girl to want to keep her toys in their designated location. That sure doesn't happen here!!!

Susana said...

LOVE this! I am going to set this up for Joe tomorrow. I still haven't gotten around to teaching him how to measure.

Anna says the cutest things and has some awesome ideas--gotta love a kid who wants things where they belong:-).

Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts said...

I love the idea of a math box! Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What great activities here! I remember Emily wanted to go around the house measuring things after seeing that episode too. Anna is so lucky to be able to spend such quality time with you! She is learning so much!

Mom and Kiddo said...

Some great ideas! Have you seen the math start books. There is a picture book to go along with pretty much every math concept. We love them. Looking forward to more math box ideas!

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