First Graders learn about Measurement using non-standard units. This is a fun time for students as they use many different items to measure various objects with! To begin our unit, we spent some time brainstorming about measurement. What kinds of things do you measure? What tools can you use for measurement? At first, most of my students only said “a ruler”. In Texas, students do not use rulers in the first grade, so I explained that they can actually use a lot of different things to measure with. We have used cubes in the past for different things, so I pulled those out for this lesson.
ORIGO Stepping Stones First Grade Lesson 2.10
I used cubes to show how to properly measure items, and we discussed estimating how many cubes it would take to measure a pen. Then we put the cubes together to really measure it!
For a hands-on experience, I set up a measurement center rotation. The students chose a partner and had to work together to measure certain items around the room. They had a recording sheet and a specific manipulative to use. I gave out cubes, tiles, popsicle sticks, links, and even spoons! The students measured the same items using different manipulatives and compared how many of each item it took to measure the same thing.
This window measured three links across.
The same window measured five cubes across.
My students really enjoyed going around the room measuring the items on their list. They measured the classroom rug, a bookcase, a chair, a book, and so on. Their favorite “thing” to measure in the classroom was themselves! They really enjoyed this partner activity, and it was interesting to hear the conversations from those using different tools to measure with!
Measurement sure is fun in the First Grade!
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