In the real world, kids often desperately want to know which is bigger? and who has more? Big and small, a lot and a little. It can be important because children think that things should be fair. Bigness is often associated with the amount or size of a good thing that is being shared with them. This could be the number of tasty treats they get or the size of the treat. But those are two very different types of BIG, right?
Children can often wrestle with different ways of comparing and describing size and amount. Many children will say a tall, narrow glass is bigger than a short, wide one, even though they may very well hold the same amount of liquid. They think someone who is taller must be older, when that certainly isn't always the case. Children need to learn and need practice naming the exact attribute they are describing or comparing.
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June 21, 2017
Two books that are common in homes and classrooms are great jumping off spots for exploring important concepts of 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.
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll and A Pig is Big by Douglas Florian are two children's story books that present opportunities for children to explore the mathematical concept of measurement, particularly the Big Idea that all measurement involves a "fair" comparison.
Angela Giglio Andrews shares an anecdote in which an order of french fries shared between a mother and her child led to questions involving measurement and other rich mathematical concepts.
The Growing Story and Three Feet Small are two wonderful picture books that address a “math all around us" concept: growing taller.
How many preschoolers long is a Tyrannosaurus Rex? Students in this video measure to find the answer. Fun maths games for kids can help bring out math concepts.
In this video, students compare the size of their hands to objects around the classroom to find ones that are "just right."
There are any number of wonderful books that give children very concrete images to show how big creatures are and to make comparisons to their own size.