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Teaching Measurements To Elementary School Students

1. Provide insights on teaching measurements concepts to elementary school students.

2. What are teaching strategies in teaching measurements concepts?

3. "Children should have hands on experiences with measuring with emphasis more on understanding the underlying concepts than on applying formulas." What are pros and cons of the statement?

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This answer comes from actual experience from teaching measurements to students in different grade levels of elementary education, so this is field observation based rather than a theory based insight. Many first grade (or older) students do not have homes where regular measuring devices like rulers or yardsticks, measuring cups for cooking, or scales are present. A starting point is to have the students become familiar with these instruments with a combination of hands-on experiential learning exercises and worksheet based assignments to allow them to become familiar with common units of measurement. They should be able to demonstrate that they know there ...

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Today's students are often deficient in their exposure to measurements. Teaching formulas for measurements of length, area and volume are quite abstract to a student who has never seen a yard stick, measured to see how much carpet is needed to cover a floor or helped his/her mother measure ingredients for a cake or cookies. This solution talks about strategies to make measurements more concrete to elementary students.