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Teaching Measurement, specifically length, soon? If so, I’m sharing some ideas to help plan and prep to teach measurement. In an effort to make the planning easier for you, I decided to put together a series of posts that helps you set up for teaching a particular skill.  Not a theme.  I actually don’t teach around themes.  YIKES. Close your ears and don’t throw tomatoes.  It was just the way I was trained.  I know a lot of you start with the theme and then integrate the skill within that theme. We always taught with the skills first then came up with an engaging theme/idea/project to teach those skills.  Still a ton of fun…but more on that on a different day. 🙂

Let’s roll up our sleeves and get’s get right to it.

First of all, let me preface this by saying, this is just a jumping off point.  Take this and GO, friend!

I’ve talked a lot about how I plan….in a big picture way.  You can even get that FREE download HERE.

But today, let’s talk about something specific, Measurement.

For the purpose of this post, I won’t get super detailed because I know you are all from almost every grade level.  When I shared the survey, I found out the range of teachers is wide.  Which is super cool! So, just big picture stuff today.

First, check out the standards/objectives and guiding questions for measurement.  Which area of measurement will your grade be covering: length? volume? capacity? weight?

Next, create an assessment of some sort to see what the end will look like.  Ask important questions like what will the kids have mastered by the end of this unit.  For some of you, the district provides these, for others you developed them last year, and yet for others you are starting at point zero.  That’s ok.  Depending on your district/county/system, you can create projects, reports, informal assessments, etc.  It all depends on your grade level.

Then create a unit with engaging activities that support the end goal.  Of course, you know, I believe, to save time, turn to Teachers Pay Teachers for resources.  Find a teacher creator you love, that resonates with your style of teaching, and most importantly, what the kids need, and take pieces, here and there.  In some instances, take the whole enchilada.

This is where I will help as much as I can.  Here is a list of manipulatives you can use with Measurement.  Now, you might be thinking, I teach 5th grade.  Some of your kids just might need these. As far as paying for these, I know it can add up, so I hope to write a separate post on that too. 🙂

Plan and Prep to Teach Measurement

1. Ruler

2. Measuring Tape

3. Unifix Cubes

4. Yarn

5. Link n Learn

6. Clear Plastic Growth Chart Ruler

7. Yard Stick

I also believe literature is very important in Math.  So, here is a list of books to help teach measurement. You can begin with the unit with these, use at stations, or just have out for independent reading time.  I guarantee you, your kids will be interested. My favorite is Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy

8. How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Myller

9. Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy

10. How Tall was Milton? by Lawrence F. Lowery

11. Super Sand Castle Saturday by Stuart J. Murphy

12. How Long or How Wide?: A Measuring Guide by Brian P. Cleary

13. How Tall, How Short, How Far Away? by David A. Adler 

14. Length by Henry Pluckrose

So, you’ve planned it out a bit. Now, it is time to prep.  Put these all in 2 bins and 1 binder.  One for tools, one for books and the binder for all your activities.

In the binder you’ll have:

a section for objectives and guiding questions

a section for assessment

a section for the unit

a section for IEP modifications and/or other modifications

a section for differentiated activities (if you are a 2nd grade teacher, you can check out some resources I created for this HERE)

Need a checklist for all that?  HERE YOU GO!  Wahoo! 

If you want to use a planner to keep this all straight, edit your own covers, and get SUPER ORGANIZED, this one is for you!

Plan and Prep to Teach Free Download

I sure hope this helps you plan and prep to teach measurement!

Looking to get organized with all your paperwork AND be better prepared with your lessons?  Check out the NEW PRETTY BASIC BINDER AND LESSON PLANNER!!!


xo, april

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