Sunday, April 22, 2012

Measuring with Sea Creature Update

 They're growing leaps and bounds!
 It has been 5 days and check out the difference!
 Students have been weighing, measuring, and collecting data in their logbooks.  When I taught kindergarten, students used non-standard units of measurement. They used the little plastic bears or unifix cubes. This year in first grade we are using standard units of measurement. Students are measuring in centimeters and weighing in grams. Weighing in grams is such great practice, since the blocks come in 1g., 5g., 10g., and 20g. sizes. Students have to count by 20's, 10's, and 5's, and be able to switch from one to the other, as they add and place each block on the scale. I was amazed at how well they did considering some of the creatures are now weighing over 440 grams. Authentic writing is taking place as students write their observations of changes occurring in each sea creature. We took time on Friday as a group to brainstorm adjectives to use in our logbook. We will do 2 more measurements before we finalize our graphs and analyze the growth.
 Aren't they Huge!

Monday morning they will race in to see how much the Sea Creatures grew over the weekend.
I love to see my students excited about math! 


  1. Love this measurement idea! Fun and learning!
    Conversations in Literacy

  2. Those look like a lot of fun. I've got some alligators that grow, but I've never seen your sea creatures!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. I buy them at Dollar Tree. They have sea creatures, dinosaurs, and insects. You can find them by the boy items such as little cars, army men, etc. or look by the summer items.

  3. What a cute idea!!


    1. Thanks for stopping by. I am using your Smartie idea for testing week. It starts Today!