- chart paper and marker
Objective: Children will use their bodies to develop math concepts, thinking skills, and spatial awareness.
1 Write the word measure on a sheet of chart paper. Ask children to share what they know about measuring. What does it mean to measure something? What types of things do we measure? What do we use to measure? Why do we measure things? Record their comments on chart paper.
2 Invite children to use their bodies to measure different things. Ask children to estimate how many hands or arms something will be. Prepare another sheet of chart paper to record all the different things children will measure. Include their estimations and actual measurements.
3 Ask children to use their hands to find out how many "hands long" the tables are. Invite a few children to one of the tables. Ask them to first estimate, or guess, how many hands long the table will be. Record their estimate on chart paper. Then, ask them to line up their hands length-wise on the table. Count and record the actual hand length of the table. Next, ask them to compare their estimation with their answer. Now, have them measure the width of the table. Estimate and then conduct the actual measurement. Are all of the classroom tables the same size?
4 Can they think of other ways to measure the tables with their bodies? How about how many hands high is the table from the floor? How many feet or bodies long are the tables? Encourage children to estimate and then compare their measurements.
Curriculum Connection: ART
Shoe Print Patterns. Collect a variety of old shoes that have interesting patterns on the soles. Tape a large sheet of brown butcher paper across a table. Help children put smocks on and give them several colors of washable tempera paint and paintbrushes. Invite them to use one or several colors to paint the bottoms of the shoes. Then, encourage children to place the shoes on the paper to make a print. Ask them to describe the different types of patterns or shapes created by the shoes. How are they similar and how do they differ? Rinse the soles off with a wet cloth so it can be used again. Display the shoe prints in the classroom.
Big and Little by Samantha Berger and Pamela Chanko
Count With Maisy by Lucy Cousins
Shoes, Shoes, Shoes by Ann Morris