Series: Focus on Play

# Comparing Capacity at the Sand Table

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At the sand table, ideas and exploration involving capacity is a natural and healthy math opportunity.

## Why is this important?

What kind of “big” is it? This question is fundamental to all of measurement. Here, children explore the differences between tall and wide as they decide which bucket holds the most sand. Notice how the teacher gently steers the conversation away from competition by helping the children focus on different attributes of the buckets.

### Common Core Alignment

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Source: Erikson Institute • Copyright: Erikson Institute • Content ID: ED532-161117

# Measuring a Taller Tower with Kindergartners

Building block towers provides a natural opportunity to measure height. In this scene, children use strings and a broom.

# Making a Block Sandwich with Kindergartners

Thinking about sandwiches cut in half leads this boy to explore shape composition and equivalence with blocks.

# Value of Blocks in Kindergarten

A kindergarten teacher makes a strong case for how time spent playing with blocks supports mathematical thinking and learning in her classroom.