Kindergarten Winter Math Centers-Measurement

Hello!

I love teaching measurement because there are many opportunities for hands-on activities. I like that in Kindergarten we use non-standard measuring tools as we can use all kinds of fun materials to get students interested in measurement. Today, I have some fun winter measurement center ideas!

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 It is always interesting teaching with non-standard measuring tools because students can see that measurements can differ depending of the size of the material they are measuring with! It can be hard for them to understand so putting two materials side by side and getting them to really think about "the snowman is 6 snowflakes tall, but only 4 bells tall" is helpful. Most times they can figure out why the measurements are different but it really does challenge their thinking! I had students use the snowmen that they created in their literacy centers, you can find that post  here . You can find similar bells with snowflake cut-outs on Amazon  here . 

It is always interesting teaching with non-standard measuring tools because students can see that measurements can differ depending of the size of the material they are measuring with! It can be hard for them to understand so putting two materials side by side and getting them to really think about "the snowman is 6 snowflakes tall, but only 4 bells tall" is helpful. Most times they can figure out why the measurements are different but it really does challenge their thinking! I had students use the snowmen that they created in their literacy centers, you can find that post here. You can find similar bells with snowflake cut-outs on Amazon here

 I like to use math manipulatives to measure as well as more traditional looking measuring strips-with a fun twist! I find that this is the next step to introducing students to traditional rulers and measuring tapes. In this center I had students measuring objects around the room with these snowman measuring strips. There were also different sized strips with snowflakes and mittens on them, you can find them all  here . 

I like to use math manipulatives to measure as well as more traditional looking measuring strips-with a fun twist! I find that this is the next step to introducing students to traditional rulers and measuring tapes. In this center I had students measuring objects around the room with these snowman measuring strips. There were also different sized strips with snowflakes and mittens on them, you can find them all here

 I used these cute winter pictures for students to measure as well, each card had a diffrerent sized winter object on it. I had students estimate how tall they thought the item might be and then record their measurements. You can find this activity  here . 

I used these cute winter pictures for students to measure as well, each card had a diffrerent sized winter object on it. I had students estimate how tall they thought the item might be and then record their measurements. You can find this activity here

 I find that when students are asked to measure they focus more on the height of the object versus the width so I try to include opportunities that encourage students to practise measuring width as well. Again, I like to have them measure with two different items so they can make the connection between measuring with object of different sizes. You can find similar blue gems on Amazon  here . 

I find that when students are asked to measure they focus more on the height of the object versus the width so I try to include opportunities that encourage students to practise measuring width as well. Again, I like to have them measure with two different items so they can make the connection between measuring with object of different sizes. You can find similar blue gems on Amazon here

 I find that introducing area to young students is easier when they can experiment with the concept. In this center, each mitten is a different size and they have to record how many pom poms it took to fill up each mitten. I find area harder to teach than length and width because there are more variables ie. did they fill up the entire space, were the pom poms close enough, can they fill the space completely etc. The main idea though is to connect the concept and material to something real that they can understand. 

I find that introducing area to young students is easier when they can experiment with the concept. In this center, each mitten is a different size and they have to record how many pom poms it took to fill up each mitten. I find area harder to teach than length and width because there are more variables ie. did they fill up the entire space, were the pom poms close enough, can they fill the space completely etc. The main idea though is to connect the concept and material to something real that they can understand. 

To see more centers like the ones I talked about in this blog post check out my math centers set. To see more information about the set click the image below. To check out the set in French click here

Thank you for reading! Check out my other winter math posts below for more fun center ideas! 

Penny