## Wednesday, February 12, 2014

### Measurement Book

Young mathematicians fool us into thinking they know how to use a ruler.  I've seen a study that proves this is true.  Shown a ruler and object like the one below and most students, even into the upper elementary grades, will give a wrong answer.  Their understanding of measuring units is faulty.
This is why a year ago I started attacking this misconception and posted about it here (freebie included) and here.  This year we tried the same activities, but I decided to make a class book out of the concept.  We need all the additional practice we can get!

1. This is an idea that never seems to get much attention. I love creating a class book for this. Great way to keep it in their minds.

Tara
The Math Maniac

1. Tara, it wasn't on my radar until the past few years. I'm glad to know about it now.

2. Another fabulous class book idea and a great way for the kids to review the concept!

1. Barb, thank you. It's a concept worthy of reviewing.

3. You're too smart! You always have great ideas for integrating class books. Way to go!

1. Thank you Marie. I'm not sure I'm so smart. I just like class books. :)

4. The way you use class books to keep concepts reviewed in your students' heads is great. Great reading and great review of ideas learned during the year!
Lori
Conversations in Literacy

1. Lori, the making of class books is something I can't resist.

5. Sigh...I wish I made class books more often! My kids have been told that they are no longer allowed to use pencils that are shorter than two inches. Everyday I see them asking each other if there pencil is too short. It has made them at least aware of measurement...I'm going to play around with your ideas a bit. There are too many ideas and not enough time in the day!
Jenny

1. Jenny, measurement is one of those topics I haven't taught very well until recently. I'm finally getting the hang of it. :)

6. Haha - I so have this in my plans to steal this from your last year's post. Now all I have to do is make it a book! Thanks for sharing your ideas. Sara

1. Sara, you should totally make a book. Just quickly snap some pictures. :)