Friday, May 17, 2013

Five for Friday~Measurement

Hi~ya, Friends! How are ya? TGIF……14 1/2 more days ‘til sweet freedom! I know some of you may have less, but please don’t tell me, lol! We’re in full review mode and wrapping up the end to a great school year. We’ve learned a lot and are all looking forward to some rest, relaxation and fun under the sun!


So, let’s get to it…here’s a little peek at what we’ve been up to over the last week-ish. =)


For teacher appreciation week, I wanted to get my team a little something to say “thank you” for all they do…soooo, what better than something to help with a little organization? I absolutely adore all things personalized and tried to select a little gift that resembled each of their classrooms’ decor. Looking at each of the clipboards, you can tell we’re quite the eclectic bunch! There’s nothing better than being your own kind of beYOUtiful! My faithful supermom put these together and I couldn’t thank her enough. I think they each came out super cute!


In math, we’re focusing on measurement during the last six weeks of school. Length…check. Area….check. Now, capacity and weight! To use the little activity above, we set up 6 stations in our classroom to explore capacity. Why 6, when the chart has 5 rows? Well, because we have 6 table groups, 1 container for each table…it just helps to spread the group out a little more into smaller groups.


Each table group had a container set in the middle of a tray of manipulatives. As students rotated to each station, they had to write the container number, estimate how many of the manipulatives it would take to fill the container, then measure to check their “guesstimate”. Simple…fun….and LOUD! Oh my! Daily 5 is so quiet and peaceful, but math on the other hand is so NOT! In the midst of the roars of guessing, checking, and recording, students had fun with measurement and were very engaged as they explored capacity.


Part of our standard for measurement is using comparative language to describe it, so to conclude the rotation (and calm down before transitioning) students had to divide the back of their paper into 3 sections. By doing so they created spaces to make observations about the containers they had just explored. *The number on top of each container is the table/container number where it was used to measure capacity, not how many objects used to fill it.


If you’ve stuck around my little blog for any length of time, you know we like to doodle a LOT in our class. As an introduction to weight/mass, we created this little illustration and used it to explore weight/mass with real life objects found in the classroom. After having a hefty conversation to introduce vocabulary, we went on a “heft hunt”. Students looked for 2 items that were “wimpy, wimpy, wimpy” to illustrate on the heavy side and 2 items that were “hefty, hefty, hefty” to illustrate on the heavier side.

We’ve been working on comparative adjectives too, so I tried to sneak a little language arts into the lesson. Did they notice? Well, of course they did, lol! By this time of year, my little mega minds don’t miss a thing!

We doodled, but if you’d like to go on a heft hunt too….click the pic below to grab it! Have a great weekend! Summer is in sight! Whoooo hooo!

heft comparison1

ANNNND…don’t forget to hop over to Doodlebugs Teaching to hop through the links and check out more of the fun Five for Friday posts! I’ll “see ya” there!



  1. Super cute blog! I love your clip art! You are at 14...I am at 25!

  2. Those clipboard are soo cute...did you make them??
    Ms. Shope's Class

  3. I like your guess and check paper :) Thanks for sharing!

    Have a good weekend,
    Three Cheers for First Grade!

  4. I bet your team loved their goodies- you are so creative! I'm a new fcllower!



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