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Tuesday 20 May 2014

Measuring up!

Hi friends!

I just wanted to stop in and quickly show you what we have been doing in our classroom.  

I am only in my Grade 2 classroom 2 days a week, so we are always busy, busy, busy.  In my jobshare role my teaching partner and I decided that she would tackle number concepts on her days and I would concentrate on all the other strands on my 2 days.  This has worked really well for us and we know our kiddos are covering everything in the curriculum.

So over the last couple of weeks we have been looking at length and measurement.  

I started off the lesson by giving out some string in a variety of lengths, you have no idea how exciting this was for the kids.  They just loved the eency weency piece I gave one of the students.

Then I asked them to sort them and put them into order from longest to shortest.  I told them that I wouldn't be helping them and they would have to work out how they needed to find out which length was longer.

You can see here 2 students who worked out that both pieces had to start in the same spot to ensure they would be comparing them properly.

I thought this would be a quick activity but the discussion and experimenting from the kiddos was just priceless!  Especially when they had two pieces that were of a similar length.  
By the end of the lesson we had our pieces of string ordered and had made lots of discoveries about how to compare 2 lengths.  I had the kiddos sticky tape their string into their books as our next lesson will be having a scavenger hunt to find things that are longer, shorter or equal to our lengths of string.

If you want to do this lesson with your kiddos, click on the pic to get this Scavenger Hunt sheet for yourself!

Enjoy friends :)


  1. Oh I love it Tania! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. That looks like a fantastic task! I love giving my preps (a bitsmaller than your kiddoes) problem solving tasks like that!

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