Measuring Length and Height

Working with children will always mean that there's going to be some sort of tests and targets set that you need to help your students meet, and sometimes these are a nightmare to try and teach to your students without them becoming too bored and switching off.

Today's discussion is on measuring.

Measuring can be so boring for our kiddos, so why not mix it up, find fun ways to practise it and still get the recording results that you need! 

Idea 1 - Measure Themselves

Kids love doing things on themselves, but they also love doing stuff to others too - especially adults! There are some great ways to get a giant ruler in your classroom - you can either purchase one online or you can make one yourself! There are so many great ways to make a giant ruler - you can even involve your students in the process of it to add some extra recording marks in your measuring field!

Get students to stand next to the ruler, have fun ways to record it - use magnetic arrows, use marker pens, use an extra ruler to put on top of their head to reach the ruler next to them, record the measurements and include your students with this too - you could either have whiteboards each or a big page of paper where everyone is watching and discussing recording the measurements. 

This is also a great way to compare student heights - who is taller, if students will struggle with the concept you an show how the adult is taller than the student (in most cases anyway!).

Idea 2 - Use Hobbies/Interests

We all know that one of the easiest ways to get students learning is to use something that interests them. For example, if you have a student who loves dinosaurs, pick up some cheap dinosaur toys, have them measure the different dinosaurs, record the measurements and compare which ones are the longest/shortest etc. The activity will instantly become more attractive to them when they are using something of interest to them, it will make the activity more fun and they will be more willing to participate - 9 times out of 10!

Idea 3 - Hands and Feet

This can be a tough one, but if you get it working, it's going to be great fun for you and your students. Get students to put their hand or foot on a  piece of paper, then they - or you - draw around their hand/foot. 

Now, you can either use rulers to measure everyone's body parts or you can use different items around the room - multi link cubes, duplo etc. Another way is to cut out each of the body parts - put students name in the middle of it so you know who they are, and compare so that you can all compare who has the shortest/longest hand/foot.

Idea 4 - Numicon

If you're like us, you have numicon available to use in your class but you just don't get enough use out of it. Measuring is a great time to pull it out! You can use it in so many different ways and get students to measure by counting the 'holes' - it provides an easier alternative to rulers and introducing cm/mm etc. 

You can use previous ideas of what to measure them with - get students to lay on the floor and use numicon pieces to measure them, get their favourite items and measure them with numicon, measure the lengths of equipment you have around the room - tables, chairs etc. Just literally make the most of whatever you can find in the room - send your students on hunt to find stuff that is so long.

Idea 5 - Using Feet

This activity is always a LOT of fun - so prepare yourself for a lot of giggles! First, get students - or you - to draw around their feet on piece of paper/card - I recommend are - cut out the feet individually, laminate them if you think this will help and then have your students use their feet to measure distances around the room by placing the feet one after another. This could be something as simple as measuring steps from the chair to the table, from the door to the wall, from the classroom door to the toilet door etc. Everyone is going to be having different answers - which is ok - because everyone has different sized feet! It's a great way to compare measurements and feet sizes.

Are there any fun ways that you use measurement in your class?

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