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Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Grade(s) K resources related to the following standard:
Measurement and Data
Describe and compare measurable attributes.
2. Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has "more of"/"less of" the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.

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In this 5-lesson unit primary students identify attributes of buttons and other objects in their classrooms. Throughout the unit students learn to collect data about objects, display the data (Venn diagrams, pictographs, and bar graphs), and analyze the data to determine what this tells us about buttons and/or other objects. Each of the five lesson plans includes necessary student/class worksheets, questions for students, extension ideas, and assessment ideas. Lessons 2 and 3 reference stories that are an important part of the skill development: "The Button Box" by Margarette Reid and "The Elves and the Shoemaker" story.
Lesson Plans, Unit of Instruction
Grade Level: K, 1, 2
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In this lesson students use a rule of thumb about the weight of babies to practice doubling and halving numbers. They complete an organized table and compare data using vertical and horizontal double bar graphs. The lesson includes a student activity sheet and extension ideas.
Activity, Lesson Plans
Grade Level: 1, 2
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This iOS app ($) is a collection of 18 activities providing practice with a wide range of early math skills involving number, shape, and measurement.
Activity, Interactive Media, Mobile App
Grade Level: Pre-K, K, 1, 2
5
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This interactive Flash applet helps students learn to compare and order objects according to size and weight attributes. The text and voice prompts ask students to compare three objects to find the longest, tallest, shortest, and so on. It then asks them to place three objects in a specified order, such as narrowest to widest. Correct responses are rewarded with a cheer and a summary of the results. One concern for users might be the British accents of the readers.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: K, 1
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In this lesson plan students learn to create bar graphs using unifix cubes, translate this representation to graph paper, and then compare the data that has been collected and displayed. Students are encouraged to make up their own questions about the data (favorite juice) and to practice with multiple sets of data. Sample questions for students and extension ideas are included. The lesson contains links to a PDF of graph paper and the Bar Grapher tool which is cataloged separately in this database.
Activity, Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Pre-K, K, 1, 2
4
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These 3 activities, part of the Mathematics Developmental Continuum of the State of Victoria, Australia, are intended to introduce young learners to the measurable attribute of length as distinguished from others. Students compare lengths of two or more objects directly or indirectly. Teaching suggestions and progress indicators are included.
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Grade Level: K, 1, 2
Resource is part of a PD collection
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With this flexible Flash applet students can explore a wide range of concepts, including addition and subtraction, factors and multiples, fractions, ratios, and combinations. Users place, move and rotate virtual Cuisenaire Rods on a grid which can be enlarged, reduced, moved or printed. It contains a link to page of challenges which can take advantage of this tool.
Activity, Interactive Media
Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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This narrative document describes the progression of Geometric Measurement across the K-5 grade band. It is informed both by research on children's cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics. The document discusses the most important goals for elementary geometric measurement. Among those are recognizing measurable attributes, comparing, connecting with number, estimating, and differentiating linear measurement from area and volume.
Reference Materials, Article
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Resource is part of a PD collection
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This website, devoted to early numeracy skills, includes links to Happy Numbers teacher accounts, student accounts, and blog. A free teacher account provides access to applets that develop conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. The applets are compatible with interactive whiteboards and tablets. With a subscription teachers can create student accounts and individualize assignments. The blog posts further explain how to utilize these applets in the classroom.
Activity, Interactive Media, Community
Grade Level: K, 1, 2
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This lesson emphasizes the connections between science and mathematics by using a performance, or authentic, assessment format. Students will develop measurement skills as they relate the size of their fists to the size of their hearts. Students have the opportunity to explore applications involving their own hearts. An activity sheet (pdf) is included.
Lesson Plans
Grade Level: Pre-K, K, 1, 2
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