Building Measurement Sense
Mathodology developed this online video support course to share task and hands-on activities to build measurement sense at the Kindergarten level. Measurement sense is obtained by first establishing vocabulary specific to the *attribute being measured. For example, students move from describing an object as “big” to more specifically stating “long”, “heavy” or “full” based on the attribute being compared. Students move from comparing measures based on vocabulary to quantifying measures based on a given unit. Units move from nonstandard units(paperclips) to standard units(inches) in later grades. Understanding the the attribute being measured, the vocabulary associated with that attribute, as well as the tools to measure the attribute are the essential ideas in laying early measurement foundations. Students need time to experience measurement ideas before more conventional ideas are introduced.
*Attributes in measurement include: length, mass/weight, capacity/volume
Chapter 2 : Measurement
Each topic in this chapter engages students in the following ways:
EXPLORE: Videos allow students to explore number concepts to lay a beginning foundation for developing a strong number sense.
PRACTICE: Students practice the key ideas.
REFLECT: Students consolidate learning by journaling.
Topic 6 Length
Developing measurement sense requires a careful sequence in exploring ideas. Students first experience length concepts because they can “see” length and build curiosity and initial ideas around using multiple senses. Experiences move from establishing vocabulary to communicate and compare an objects length, to then using tools to measure length.
Measurement explorations help solidify the key ideas around units. The unit used to measure has to be the same size, the are no gaps in the unit used to measuring the length, the units do not overlap but careful need to be repeated in order to quantify the measure.
Topic 7 Weight
In developing measurement sense consider our senses. We need to feel to develop beginning ideas around weight concepts. At this age we will not discuss the difference between mass and weight but just refer to this measure as weight. Students explore to develop the language to communicate and compare weight. Next, they look at tools used to measure weight and how to read these tools. It is essential that student explore weight through hands-on activities in building measurement sense.
Topic 8 Volume/Capacity
Students extend their measurement sense in describing volume in terms of full and empty. Students practice pouring liquid to fill containers and begin to compare amounts. In comparing the capacity containers, they begin to become curious on how the size and shape effects the amount it can hold.
Student Activity Pack
- Spinner 1-2
- containers to fill
- rice or beans
- spoon or scoop of different sizes