I shouldn't be so anti-rain. I know we need it, but wow, it makes it hard to get up in the morning AND the kiddos REALLY need to get outside. Recess in the rain?? Let me know tell how how much I'm considering it right now.
Anyway, I'm sure a lot of you use The Mitten by Jan Brett in your winter unit. I have been reading that book for years and the kids always love it. It's a great book and even better with Reader's Theater. But, I have never thought to expand it into math. Until now... until I had to create an activity that would keep the kids interested, entertained AND engaged while it rained buckets on our playground.
So, we've been studying measurement and focusing on the use of nonstandard measurement, specifically. Today, we took that focus and combined that with our unit on The Mitten :)
I gave each kid four mittens of different sizes, had them cut them out, and label them A, B, C, D...
Then, we used four nonstandard units to measure each mitten - counters, unifix cubes, cotton balls and.... ANIMAL CRACKERS!
OH, before I go on... the kids made mittens earlier in the day. Two sides of the same mitten shape... glued all the way around EXCEPT the bottom.
The kids decorated their mittens any way they wanted. Then, they had to ESTIMATE how many animal crackers would fit in their mitten (connection to the story..yay!). The children wrote that number on the back of their mitten.
Then, after they measured the other mittens with all the nonstandard units, they tested their estimates with the cookies.
And ate them! :)
If you would like to do this in the classroom, here's the sheet for you :)
This is my first time with directly linking a freebie into a post, so please let me know if it doesn't work.
Hope you enjoy & have fun with all your winter units!! I am LOVE reading all your posts. Right now, I'm planning for next week's focus on the 100th Day. There are so many fun things to do & I've decided to make it a whole week plan. Good times!
Oh, and for you coupon and sales lovers (and for those who live near a Kroger), the animal crackers are 10 for $10. We used 4 bags for the whole class . . . and that was extra just for snacking!
As always, thanks for stopping by!!