My goal for this unit is to make measuring meaningful to my kids. I have spent the last week teaching about standard and non-standard measurement. We have used paper clips, cubes, pasta, pennies and more to measure things. We have used rulers to explore centimeters and inches. I was really surprised how quickly they caught on. They became measuring machines this week.
To culminate the unit, we "built" sandcastles! Yes, in the middle of winter we are making sandcastles. Hey, we live in Southern California! I decided to have the students work individually on this activity, but you can place them in pairs, as well.
This is the sample I briefly showed them. I didn't want to give them too many directions because I wanted them to be creative and not just copy my sample. Each student started off with this:
They cut the pieces out and started getting creative.
After they built their sandcastles, they measured the height and width in centimeters and inches and recorded their results.
Then we created this bulletin board:
I love how they all turned out differently. Each student's creative side came out in their creations. This activity, along with the measuring centers I used, can be found in my packet Measuring Up. I hope you find the activities helpful in your classroom as well.
I have to say, I am not dreading measuring any more. Bring on the rulers!!!