- Posted: 25 June, 2019
- by Wyndham Vale Primary Kindergarten
When teaching measurement skills to young children, provide lots of opportunities for your students to sort objects by size. Using everyday activities and experimenting with real objects help children understand measurement concepts. The terms non-standard and standard are often used when describing prescribed learning outcomes for measurement.
Measuring with non-standard units means measuring things with blocks, pencils, hands, feet, etc. As long as the items used to measure with are all the same size, e.g. identical blocks or brand new pencils, they are suitable to use. Measuring with standard units means measuring with inches, feet, yards, centimetres or meters, using rulers and other measuring devices.
Today I introduced the children to the concept of standard units to show them what they could physically measure. Moving forward the team will continue to discover different measurement tools with the children, both in non-standard and standard units.
We spoke about the measuring tape, identifying who was taller, smaller, who we thought would be the tallest and who we thought might be the smallest. The current results are in the picture.
We will continue to revisit the how tall am I wall to see how our children are growing, but also use this as a tool to introduce more mathematical topics.