I LOVED this chapter because it provided actual measurement activities (with lists of materials and experiences) broken down by grade level. Then the chapter went on to offer some good questions that a teacher could ask to get the students really thinking about the math they were doing and why they were doing it.
Here are some example experiences/questions for Grades 4-5 for Weight. As you can see the questions are very open ended and inquiry based. I especially love that there are multiple answers for the questions. These questions will really get the students thinking about measurement and help them develop a strong conceptual understanding. (Note: A free printable version is provided at the end of this post for the questions and activities shown.)
Here are some example measurement activities and questions for volume and capacity. For this section, I love the fact that the students are being asked to design and create based on measurements. This promotes higher level thinking and is also engaging for the students.
Lastly, here is a activity to explore area in your classroom. This is perfect for Grades 3-5 when area is such an important measurement skill. This activity would make a perfect collaborative activity or culminating performance task for a unit on area.
If you are looking for ways to bring some more student focused learning into your math instruction, this would be a good book to check out!
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