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Age 12 - Learning About Measurement And What It Means

Where do you start when you want to teach your child about measurement? First off, start by letting your child know what it means to measure something. Measurement is assigning a number value to an attribute of an object. Children typically start by comparing objects by using terms such as bigger, smaller, longer and shorter. As they get older, they will gain a deeper understanding about measurements and how there are different ways objects can be measured.

One exercise that most students are taught is by asking students to choose the correct or best fit measurement unit for a specific measurement task. For example, there might be an image of a milk carton and a child is asked whether to measure the amount of milk in the milk carton using a gallon, a quart, or a teaspoon. Each measurement tool listed would work since each choice is used for the measurement of volume. Although all the answers would work, the best fit answer would be a gallon because we typically hear about the capacity of milk in milk cartons in terms of the number of gallons of milk it contains. In addition, it is a lot quicker to calculate milk by the gallon than by teaspoons. It would take hours to figure out how many teaspoons are in a 2 gallon milk carton.


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