## Wednesday, March 10, 2010

### Fun With Non Standard Units of Measurement

Ok, so math was really fun today. The kids had fun, and I had fun. It doesn't happen all the time. Our new math program is tedious and time consuming, but today, it was pretty darn fun. We measured, using nonstandard units of measurement. We are working on measuring in yards. Before I introduced the yard stick to them, we estimated how many kids it would take to measure the length of the room from wall to wall. We cleared a path, and chose a random assortment of different sized kids. We lined everyone up head to foot. It took about 6 1/2 random kids to cross the room. It took 6 3/4 small kids to cross the room, 6 1/4 tall kids to cross the room, and 6 1/2 medium sized kids to cross the room. Trust me when I tell you that they know if they are small, medium or large, and they know the same information about everyone else. Everyone got to be in the measurement at least once, and no bodies were harmed in the 1/2, 1/4, 3/4 size measurements.
I took a really adorable picture of the kids, but I can't show it to you, in honor of the privacy of my students. This one doesn't really show anyone very well-the boy in the front looks all squishy and distorted, but I wanted you to see them being measured. Bodies all over the floor, and under a table, to the other side.
After lunch, we had time to measure the length of the room with our shoes. It took 38 shoes to cover it-36 kid shoes, and two adult shoes.
The kids loved being in their sock feet.

Oh and look! Blue sky!!! Hello blue sky, it was great to see you!