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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Camp Measurement

We've been learning about capacity, length, and weight. Last week we had "Camp Measurement" Activities. You can find all of these activities on TPT.

Fishing For the Right Unit of Capacity
Students used a magnetic fishing pool to "fish". Once they "caught" a fish they put it in the correct boat. For example, bathtub would go in the gallon boat. When studying capacity, we also traveled to the "Land of Gallon". This week we will be making Gallon Frogs! (My colleague found this awesome activity!)

 
 My Own Can of Worms
Students had to go "digging" for worms to use for fishing. Without looking they dug through a pot of "dirt" (shredded brown paper) to find a worm. They would then place the worm in the correct can (the unit of length).


Filling up on Flies
This activity was by far the students' favorite. They used party blowers that had a piece of Velcro attached to the end to "catch" a fly. After the fly was caught, they put the fly onto the frog with the correct weight (tons, pounds, ounces). 

 
 
 

The first five people to comment sharing activities for measurement (capacity, length, or weight) will receive this unit and the Land of Gallon FREE!!! :) (Be sure to include your name and email address in your comment!)

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10 comments:

  1. To introduce the concept of measurement I have my students pick ten items around the room, and then have them measure them with their very own ruler. I give them a recording sheet, and once they have all ten of their measurements recorded they put them in order from least to greatest. They love being able to choose what they want to measure.

    Samantha

    SShepherd2011@gmail.com

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  2. When I taught measurement to my 3rd graders during my student teaching, they worked in pairs to measure items in the classroom and in the hallway. I am LOVING your pictures above - what great activities!!!
    Dana
    dana_m_baker@yahoo.com
    http://love2learnandshare.blogspot.com/

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  3. I love getting a big piece of butcher block paper and having partners trace each other. Then I give them a small 1/2 sheet of paper of different body parts to measure, such as arm length, hand width, etc. The kids love it! Thanks for sharing!

    harristeacher09@gmail.com
    www.adventuresofrom129.blogspot.com

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  4. Super fun activities! Our class started off our measurement unit by finding an "average" class shoe length. We alternately lined up our feet on a roll of adding machine paper, then based on the number of students divided it to come up with an "average" shoe length. We then used this non-standard unit of measurement to measure things in our classroom. The kids loved taking their shoes off!
    Julie

    http://justjuliemooney.blogspot.com
    juliemooney@earthlink.net

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  5. Thanks for your ideas ladies!

    Julie,
    You must teach Everyday Math! We do the same thing! :)

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  6. For capacity, I love to make Gallon Gal and Gallon Guy. It is such a great way for the students to see the equivalencies among the units. It makes it easy for them to see and it's a lot of fun as well. Here is a link to a website explaining it!
    http://www.theteacherwebsite.com/mrgallonmanproject-tools.pdf
    I usually use construction paper instead of the tracers they use.

    I also love reading How Big Is a Foot. The kids love the story and they really understand the problem in the story!

    Katie
    smileykate52@hotmail.com

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  7. Thank you for sharing your blog! I am awarding you the Stylish Blogger Award! http://love2learnandshare.blogspot.com/2011/02/stylish-blogger-award.html

    Dana

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  8. Wow! You are sooo cool!! I want to be in your class!!

    Julie
    Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

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  9. i adore this!!! i love doing fun things like this in my classroom!!!

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  10. These are really cool ideas....I am a Title 1 teacher and am always looking for new and cool ideas for my students. Thanks!!!

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