Early Math: Measurement

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Early Math Measurement

This is one of a series of Early Math lessons using the Miquon Math series of books.  The focus of this lesson is on measurement.  The lessons consists of a series of early math measurement activities to choose from followed by the related pages in the Miquon Math book.

Activity: Read aloud Math All Around. Measuring at Home by Jennifer Rozines Roy and Gregory Roy.  This is a short book about basic measurement which kids may find interesting, matter-of-fact, real-life, and to-the point.

Activity: Ask kids where they see measuring in their lives. Listen to their ideas.  Encourage them to come up with some ideas of their own rather than just listening to the ideas in a book or your ideas.  Here are some to get the discussion started in case the kids aren’t sure what counts as measuring:

  • Length — their own height, their own waist, how far it is from the grocery store to home, or length of a running race.
  • Area — of floor in a room for putting in new carpet, surface area of a house to order the right amount of paint, or finding the correct size baking pan for cake.
  • Weight — how much they weigh, letters and packages to determine postage, or weight of trucks on the highway.
  • Volume — using measuring cups while baking, how much water is in a pool, or how much clothes can fit in your laundry hamper.

Activity: Work on Miquon Math Orange book worksheets T7, T7a, T8, T8a in class.  These require the Cuisenaire rods and are a gentle introduction to measurement by counting blocks.  Here, the student starts to relate counting and measuring, rather than by seeing them as two separate topics.

Bookwork: Miquon Math Orange Book, Length and Area.

  • Measurement using a centimeter ruler. T1, T1a, T2, T2a, T3
  • Draw lines using the centimeter ruler. T4
  • Measurement and Drawing using an inch ruler. T5-T6