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Science - Kindergarten
Standard 1 Objective 1
1 class periods of 45 minutes each
Students will measure objects using everyday household items: paper clips, toothpicks, Popsicle sticks, and more. They will work on choosing the right measuring tool for the size of the object, not mixing tools while measuring an object, and starting to measure at the end of an object not in the middle.
Measuring is an important science skill. Before students use a ruler they can measure with everyday objects. A student can measure a book and find it to be 15 paper clips long. As they measure a book with paperclips they will use three rules for measuring: place the first tool at the end of the object, each tool must touch end to end in a straight line, and they can only use one tool at a time to measure an object. Students will be measuring without having to understand the markings on a ruler.
Show students several of the measuring tools and an object to measure. Act out the three rules and see if students can discover the rules with you. Mix measuring tools for one object and students will decide that doesnt make sense. Start measuring in the middle of an object and students will understand that you wont measure an entire object if that is done. Use a tool that is too long or too short to measure an object and students will suggest that a different tool be used.
Rio Tinto Hands-on Science Curriculum Team