Today I'm teaming up with Kim from Elementary Antics for an fun blog hop: Springing into Learning! I teach second grade science and math, and this time of year we are planting and observing seeds, taking cuttings of house plants to learn about roots, observing the tadpoles in the aquarium, and exploring measurement.
So... I'm sharing a fun measurement freebie:
Before we start working with this activity set, we spend some time actually measuring common objects around the class like markers, staplers, clipboards, etc... to help build a little schema about measurement and how long certain objects are. This helps them to be able to make reasonable estimations.
Then, I place these picture cards around the room. The kiddos rotate from picture to picture and estimate the length of each image. Then they measure the images in either inches or centimeters depending on which unit of measurement that you're currently learning about.
This is a simple, but effective way to help children learn about estimating measurement. I like to tell my kids that when we look at something and estimate its length or width we are "eyeballing" it. For some reason that helps them to understand what we are doing. Of course, I teach them the word estimate and the concept of "about", but they seem to like "eyeballing"!
You can get this freebie here!
Have a wonderful weekend!