measurement

Bob the Builder | Toothpick Challenge

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Bob and his team work to make buildings stronger and better as they learn from their mistakes. In this activity, children will be challenged to build a tall structure with toothpicks, while being encouraged to evaluate and try different methods. 

Wrap Up (Odd Squad) | Teaching Tips

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A 1st grade teacher reviews what the class has learned about measurement and tasks students to use a tool, like a marker or a teddy bear, to measure the distance between two objects at home.

Grocery Store Field Trip

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Learn about the USDA Food Plate!  Come with Penny and the KidVision VPK Kids to Whole Foods, where they shop for the five food groups and learn that eating a rainbow of colors every day leads to a pot of gold - a strong and healthy body! 

Lookin’ for My Friends: The Whale Episode (en Español) | Sid the Science Kid

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Sid and his friends sing a welcome song in the school yard. (en Español)

Rug Time: Measurement | Sid the Science Kid

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Sid brings his ruler to Rug Time, and the class wants to know how this scientific measurement tool can be used to measure very large objects. Miss Susie explains that to measure things that are bigger than the size of a ruler, you can use tools such as a tape measure. She prompts the students to explore more in a Super Fab Lab! (Spanish version also available.)

Curious George: Measure Up

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George needs to figure out how to measure a building’s height in this video excerpt from Curious George: George Measures Up. In the accompanying lesson plan, children use pictures they’ve drawn on different-sized pieces of paper as nonstandard units to measure larger items at school. They then experiment with tools that use standard units to measure different-sized pieces of spaghetti.

This resource is part of the Curious George STEM Collection.

Super Fab Lab: Exploring Measurement | Sid the Science Kid

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Miss Susie explains that non-standard measurement can be used as a scientific tool to measure without a ruler.  Watch a live action clip of students figuring out a room's size by using themselves as measurement units.  Learn how units of measurement must be the same size when conducting non-standard measurement investigations. (Spanish version also available.)

Super Fab Lab: Exploring Measurement (en Español) | Sid the Science Kid

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Miss Susie explains that non-standard measurement can be used as a scientific tool to measure without a ruler.  Watch a live action clip of students figuring out a room's size by using themselves to measure the room.  Learn how units of measurement must be the same size when conducting non-standard measurement investigations. (en Español)

Backseat Driving with Grandma | Sid the Science Kid

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On his way home from school, Sid tells his Grandma how he learned all about how to measure things without rulers.  Listen as Grandma tells Sid about how her father used his hands as a unit of non-standard measurement to measure objects, too. (Spanish Version also available.)

Susie’s Song: "A Pirate's Song" | Sid the Science Kid

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Listen as Teacher Susie sings "A Pirate's Song," a song about how to use non-standard measurement.  Hear how a ship of pirates finds a way to measure the size of a whale by using the items they have on board as units of measurement. (Spanish version available.)

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