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Youngsters count, classify, and estimate quantities using buttons after a read aloud of The Button Box by Margarette S. Reid. They discuss the difference between guessing and estimating. Based on an experiment, they predict the number of buttons a pair of students can hold. Each creates an individual button book to communicate results. Then the class constructs and analyzes a line plot. An integrated activity that adapts easily to a wide range of mastery levels.
Review and use standard units of measure with your math class. They move from station to station estimating and measuring length, volume, weight, and area. At each station they estimate and measure, and then compute the difference between the two. They practice linear measurement estimation skills by throwing cotton balls and rolling toy cars.
In a cross-curricular measurement and literacy activity, your class will identify and compare cooking measurement instruments. They read a recipe and sequence a set of similar instructions in which the steps have been mixed up. Additionally, they practice measurement conversion and ratio while solving a word problem that asks the students to use only a tablespoon to estimate their measurements while following a cookie recipe.
Upper graders explore the part-whole relationships in fractions. Using fraction strips, they model the addition of fractions and discover equivalent fractions. In pairs, they estimate the sum of fractions, and then record the proper sum, writing sentences to justify their answer. To reinforce the addition of fractions and equivalent fractions, they participate in an "Each-One-Teach-One" activity. Additional activities are provided.
Test a variety of beginner math skills with this comprehensive assessment, which includes fifteen questions prompting addition, subtraction, estimation, and place value practice. An advantage to this assessment is the visual appeal; although there are no images, the questions are arranged with visual variety, and include space for learners to show work. Some are multiple choice, while others are fill-in-the-blank or even require using a number line.
Fourth graders complete fraction estimation and comparisons by studying physical and visual models of fractions. They work in partners to sort index cards into titled fraction groups. They review improper fractions, mixed numbers, and proper fractions and write what they learned about estimating fractions to one-half and whole numbers in their journals.