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We had a great time measuring today! We used balance scales, inch worms, and rice to measure. We measured volume with rice. We practiced using level scoopfuls to find out how many scoops it took to fill different containers. We used clay with our balance scales to learn about conservation of weight. We balanced two balls of playdough, then made smaller balls with one of the balls and guessed whether it would weigh more, less or the same as the other ball. We did the same with making flat pancakes and a ball to balance. It took several demonstrations for the children to understand that the weight didn't change because of the number of balls or size of the pancakes. We measured some play dinosaurs, as well as measured books width and height with links. The kids enjoy measuring, but still seem to "play" more than understand that they need to be able to measure accurately. We will continue to work with the materials and build an understanding of the importance of accuracy in measurement. Here are a few snaps of our math time today.
Have a nice evening!