Type Supplemental, Teacher Resource Number, Measurement Book English MYM 623 0

Mathematics for Young Minds: Pre-K to 1st Grade Measurement Activities

Mathematics for Young Minds Measurement is an instruction activity book filled with 60 developmentally sequenced Pre-K to 1st grade measurement activities.

It also includes blackline masters and informal assessment guidelines.

Book Overview

This book focuses the mathematical background and research base of measurement. The goal is to help young learners develop an understanding of the following four attributes of measurement:

• Length
• Area
• Capacity (or volume)
• Weight (or mass)

Although children can easily describe the color of a cup, methods to quantify its measurement attributes are not as easy.

The topics of volume and capacity are grouped together because these ideas are closely related at the early stages of learning. Activities for these attributes are similar. This also applies to weight and mass.

Activities Overview

The best way to develop the language that young learners need to develop a deep conceptual understanding of measurement is to involve them in comparison activities. These include:

• Direct Comparison: Comparing
• Direct Comparison: Ordering
• Indirect Comparison: Equivalence and Counting
• Indirect Comparison: Representing Results

These activities encourage children to:

• Communicate reasoning
• Engage in discussion
• Reflect on experiences
• Connect new ideas with existing mathematical knowledge

Activities can be further divided into:

• Individual Activities
• Small-Group Activities
• Whole-Class Activities
• Reproducible blackline activities

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities Promoted in Students

• Expand and deepen conceptual knowledge
• Encourage representation abilities
• Strengthen problem solving skills
• Develop communication skills
• Problem solve and connect mathematical ideas