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.
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:
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.
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:
Engage in discussion
Reflect on experiences
Connect new ideas with existing mathematical knowledge
Activities can be further divided into:
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
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