Thursday, October 11, 2012

Handy Math

This week, my class is working on measurement in math.  We are measuring using centimeters, millimeters and meters, and converting between the units, including fractions of a unit.  For example, we have talked about 1/2 of a meter = 500 centimeters and 400 centimeters = 4/10 of a meter.Measure your children's hands, or any odd shape with a damp string.  Then, let students stretch the string out and measure it.  Find more details at Raki's Rad Resources

One of the fun activities we did was to create these cute hand measurements.  They were super simple.  Here are the steps.

1.)  Students traced their hand.

2.)  Students used a damp string to trace their drawing, and we cut off the excess string.

3.)  Students stretched out their string and measured it to the nearest centimeter.

4.)  Students wrote their measurement on their paper (the 4th graders included a conversion to meters).

5.)  Students colored their hand and glued the string back around the outside.

Measure your children's hands, or any odd shape with a damp string.  Then, let students stretch the string out and measure it.  Find more details at Raki's Rad Resources.

This could be done just as cute around the edge of any drawing, of a student’s foot, or any other “odd shaped” item.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources