My students LOVE measurement, and so do I! I love how easy it is to tie it into lots of other subject and thematic areas—especially reading! By combining reading with measurement, I’m getting a lot of bang for my buck—and since there never seems to be enough time in the day to teach everything, I love activities that can serve more than one purpose.
The basic premise of each game and activity is the same—students read, build, and measure words using nonstandard units. I’ve included lots of different kinds of words to help my students practice variety of skills. In this set I have included sight words, “ar” words, CVCe words, and—my students’ favorite set-- blank cards to use with student names. There are also letter tiles for students to use when building.
For the measurement part, I have included some thematic images you can print and laminate for students to use. I also find that plastic gold coins are a great motivator. Use what works for your class. You can also use any classroom manipulatives you have—cubes, paperclips, bears.
Each game has a set of directions for the teacher and also a printable, student-friendly set of directions you can put into a math tub or center.