Measuring Area

One of the activities at the Math centre this week in my classroom was all about area. How do you introduce area to 6-8 year olds? The grade 1 and 2 curriculum encourages teachers to introduce their students to this concept using non-standard units; that is, blocks and other manipulatives. I have found that the children enjoy this activity (which they do in pairs) and eagerly measure the surface of books, their journal, the seat of a chair, and a book shelf.

A few surfaces are covered by many blocks and the children need to work out some strategies to count up to large numbers. This necessity leads to one of those moments when the grade 2 partner helps the grade 1 student  The students’ collaboration often leads to both grades understanding the basics of area and measuring it.

Which photo do you prefer? The colour? Or the black and white?

mergeyes_widget© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This week Paula, over at Lost in Translation, suggests we post our photo today in both colour and in black & white for her Black & White Sunday challenge)

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17 thoughts on “Measuring Area

  1. I like it Colline. You shared some valuable cooperation between your students, and I like it in monochrome too. Thank you so much for playing along.

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    1. Thank you Jo. I try to make it interesting for them – it is easier to get them to do the work then. I can’t blame them for not wanting to sit behind a desk for the entire day 🙂

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