Measurement is any process that produces a quantitative description of an attribute, such as length, circumference, weight, temperature, volume, or number. Measurement is an essentially mathematical procedure that we apply in many different contexts. In our daily life, we often wish to know how many beats per measure, how many more minutes until preschool is over, how hot it is today, or whether I am taller than my friend. In all these circumstances, we use some kind of comparison process to measure or to answer the question “how much?” or “how many?” Attributes like length and capacity are more readily apparent and meaningful to young children than less visible ideas like temperature and time. © Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative. Reprinted from Big Ideas of Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know (2014), Pearson Education.
September 20, 2017
It’s autumn, which means there’s a feeling that cold weather is on its way. A small comfort in the changing weather is that it offers some opportunities for winter math activities.
Here are some refreshing books about water and ocean fun that inspire mathematical thinking for summer months. Dive right in!
Two books that are common in homes and classrooms are great jumping off spots for exploring important concepts of measurement.
Math play in preK or kindergarten can become an opportunity to explore measurement, as is the case in this classroom.
What kind of "big" is it? Children explore the differences between tall and wide as they explore which bucket holds the most sand.
Building block towers provides a natural opportunity to measure height. In this scene, children use strings and a broom.
Some time ago we suggested a few books that are great for exploring measurement concepts in primary grades. Now we're at it again.
This third grade teacher leads a gallery walk with her students with the purpose of having children explain their thinking with peers.
One of the most classic images of the Halloween season is a witch's magic pot or cauldron. Singing about witches' brew and reading tales of magical pots can also be a great way to introduce math concepts... as long as you find the right book! Below are three of our favorite magic cauldron tales that could be introduced during the Halloween season (or any time) to spark discussion around important math ideas such as doubling, capacity, and measurement.
Children measure all of the time, even if they're not using rulers or numbers while doing so. There are many great children's books about measurement that spur on children's natural fascination with the subject.