As we continue to work on our math skills in our kindergarten classroom, I have noticed that our students love to use hands-on materials when they are learning new concepts. Non-standard measurement is a great way to use hands-on learning in a classroom. There are so many different materials you can use, and so many learning opportunities. We used paper clips, tiles, gems, erasers, links, and so much more in the weeks that we worked on measurement. Here are a few of our centers that we had fun with!
Measure the Pencils
Students compared the different pencils, and used a variety of loose parts to measure out the different sized pencils.
They were able to talk about the different sizes in a tangible way, and had concrete materials to practice with.
Draw a Picture and Measure it
This was a huge hit with our students. We got so many creative pictures and students had a great time measuring their creations when they were done. We had firetrucks, ninjas, rainbows, bears, sharks, butterflies, mermaids, and so much more!
I love watching our students be creative, and this activity ties math into their art.
This activity gets students moving around the classroom (which is always great for the littles that have trouble sitting still). Each student gets their own Measurement Buddy (a penguin) that they can color in, then they go around the classroom comparing it to different objects.
They must find something smaller, bigger and the same size as their buddy, and record their findings. This was a great activity for comparing objects and using math language.
I Can Posters
I made these posters to help our students remember the math language that they can use when doing various measurement activities in the classroom. They are a great visual to refer to when they are working on different concepts. If you would like a copy, it is available as a freebie!
All the activities seen in this post are available in Easy Print and Prep Math Centers: Measurement and Time. You can get it on its own or in the bundle that will give you all the different math strands! If you would like to take a look, click on the images below:
What are your favourite materials to use when teaching non-standard measurement?
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