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Go on a
Measure Hunt


Talk about basic units of measure with children. Show children the length of an inch, a foot, and a yard. Provide small groups of children with pieces of string that represent an inch, a foot, and a yard. Invite the groups to search the classroom to find items that are best measured in inches, feet, and yards. (For example, a crayon is best measured in inches, a table in feet or yards, the classroom in yards or feet.) Create a chart with three columns: Inches, Feet, and Yards. Have children report their findings as you write the names of measured items in the appropriate column(s) on the chart. Finish by asking each group to choose an item to "measure' with the appropriate length of string. Write statements that tell about those measurements. For example, Our table is 2 yards long.


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