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Pancake Measurement


Read to children Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola (Voyager Books). Give pairs of students 10 precut and laminated paper pancakes. Each student in the pair will also need a pencil and piece of writing paper. Invite the pairs of students to measure with pancakes. One student places the number of paper pancakes needed to measure a desk, table, or paintbrush. The other student records the number of pancakes needed to measure each object. When all students have completed measuring, compare and discuss results. Explain why some students' numbers differ.


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