Saturday, October 19, 2013

Construction Week: Math by Measuring

Hello everyone... following this week's theme, i was thinking how to incorporate math into an fun activity for RG... finally we settled on math by measuring. The objectives of this activity are:

1. Be familiar that builders measure things.
2. Measurements are taken using measuring tape
3. To familiarize RG with the numbers 11-15 at the very least.

So. the activity was underway. it had a few parts:

1. Drawing the basic of our home: (whats downstairs and upstairs? parents have to guide the kids to choose simple measurable items). i chose a few items within the 20-25inches range.
2. Teach the basics of the measurement tape. We didn't use any metric or US unit (though we referred to inches for ease), instead we just used the word 'UNIT'. e.g this tile is 7 units long.
3. then just start measuring!
1. The items needed
2. we draw basics of our home
3. Safeerah counting to measure

4. some of the measurements made simple
5. The end result.

a few things i learnt while teaching RG:

1. this activity was slightly too advanced for her. so i scaled it down to simply counting simple things. fr example, instead f measuring the length of the bed, we just measured one of the legs. you get the idea.

2. she had trouble reading the tape as it had both inches and centimeter. maybe a simpler tape would have been better.

3. it took RG a while to realise she can just read off the numbers in the tape. initially she just counted from 1 until the length of whatever we were measuring. but by the end she kinda got the idea.. yay!

the next activity wll be writing and recognizing small caps.

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