How loooong is our step? Math story: Little Chick

Measure the length of our legs and our longest step with string.

Use two colors of string for the two categories of measurement. I tied a knot on the leg measures to distinguish them from the step measures, but that of course didn’t prevent the kids to copy me a tie knots on all their pieces of string, too.

Math story:
Little Chick by Amy Hest and Anita Jeram

Original idea for the story book choice is from the book “Cowboys Count, Monkeys Measure, and Princesses Problem Solve: Building Early Math Skills Through Storybooks” by  Jane Wilburne, Jane Keat and Mary Napoli.

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How tall are you?

A big favorite with the kids is self-exploration in numbers; ages, height, stride, and all can be measured and compared to great delight!

Last week we talked about our ages, how old we are in years and how we compare our age.  I wrote the number years on a piece of paper for every child and myself and we lined up from least to greatest.

This week, I had prepared a strip of paper for everyone to lie down on and be measured against.  I marked the height and cut off the strip to hang up in no partiocular order.  Everyone set to work ordering the strips according to length.  We talked about who is shorter and taller and of course got to talk about who is tall for their age and how much they have each grown.

Strips of paper for height ordered on the kitchen door.

Strips of paper for height ordered on the kitchen door.

Materials
A roll of painting paper, alternatively lengths of yarn or string.
Markers
Masking tape for hanging and ordering individual strips

Preparation: Cut strips of paper for the kids to stand by for measurements.

Skills practiced: Comparison, measurement, ordering.