Units of Measurement-Conventional and InventedBy Jenna Richter | March 29, 2016 | Mathematics
We are learning about measurements. Last week we were able to apply these skills while we were at Green Bow Farm. In order to construct Emmetts new chicken run, we had to measure wood, tarp and wire.
Teaching the basics is easier and more fun if the kids can learn kinesthetically and creatively. Today, we discussed units of measurement including centimeters, inches, feet and yards and looked at tools like rulers, yard sticks and measuring tapes. Next, we went out into the hall and found an area to measure. We measured from the door to the end of the wall. First we measured in feet and then yards.
Next we tried out some unconventional measurements. We measured by wingspan, child lengths, and leg span.
Harlow thought we should try paces, and Louie decided to measure the way we measure horses, in hands.
Our focus is learning to estimate, measure and describe lengths, widths and distance. By doing this with our hands, feet, wings and bodies we help integrate that knowledge into different parts of the brain.