Children measure each other working in pairs – using a ruler and/or a tape measure. If metric measurement is preferred or added, they would use a meter stick and a metric tape measure.
Each pair has the following list: length of foot, hand span, head, neck, waist, wrist, arm span, height
An interesting discovery was made when children were asked to compare the measurement with outstretched arms, of the distance from finger tip to finger tip to that of their height. (It is about the same!)
Read more about teaching Math with supplementary activities and games in my book, Early Childhood Programs: Opportunities for Academic, Cognitive, and Personal Success, beginning on page 113. There is a web page available with a work sheet for this activity including a diagram of a person that can be printed for classroom use, in Appendix M. Also, see 7 reviews on www.amazon.com
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