We have had such a busy week measuring everything in sight! While discussing our initial ideas about measurement, we stumbled upon an interesting question that provoked our thinking – If we lay down and get measured will the result be the same if we stand up and get measured?
Before we could investigate our question we needed to practice measuring! We used a variety of informal units to measure ourselves and discovered three important rules– pick the right sized object for the job, measure in a straight line and make sure the objects are touching. If you remember these rules your measurement will be accurate!
We used our newly found measurement rules and begun our investigation. We measured two people of different sizes with coloured cubes. We measured them laying down and then standing up. Our question was answered very easily – your measurement laying down will be the same as standing up! When we lay down it is called length and when we stand up it is called height!
We continued our love of measurement and took part in a team challenge to help us with our understanding of comparing length. Each team collected sticks, used small cubes to measure the lengths and had to arrange them in order from the shortest to the longest. Great teamwork!
We are looking forward to the next challenge…capacity!