Descprition: In Comparing and Measuring, students explorethe concepts that underlie the science skills of comparing andmeasuring. The lessons are based on a developmental sequence thatincludes three activities: comparing, matching, and measuring.Initially, students compare lengths by matching measuring tape totheir own heights and the lengths of their arms and legs. They make the transition from matching to measuring length by quantifyingnonstandard units of measure (in this case, their own feet) anddiscover that using nonstandard units of measure produces variedresults. Finally, students use standard units of measure, such asUnifix Cubes™ and measuring strips, to measure height, width,and distance. Through these activities, students begin to understand key measuring concepts, such as using beginning and ending points, acommon starting line, and standard units of measure.
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RuthPatrick Science Education Center
Center of Excellence in Educational Technology
University of South CarolinaAiken
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801