Measurement Mania: Games and Activities That Make Math Easy and Fun


The latest in Lynette Long's popular series of fun activity books covering essential math skills for kids aged 8-12 that covers everything kids aged 8-12 need to know to master measurement.
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The latest in Lynette Long's popular series of fun activity books covering essential math skills for kids aged 8-12 that covers everything kids aged 8-12 need to know to master measurement.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
There are lots of things to measure, and this book looks at forty ways to do that. It is important to understand not only the system we use for measurement, commonly known as the English measurement system, but the metric system as well. The English system was originally based on parts of the body, for example a foot. A yard was the measurement from the shoulder to the thumb, and a mile was how far a Roman soldier could walk in 1,000 paces. The French developed the metric system in the 1790s. It is based on units of 10. The first seventeen exercises use English and metric units to measure length and distance. There are nine more activities measuring volume. Exercises in weight, temperature and time complete the forty problems. Get out your running shoes, because you will be running a mile and calculating how fast you ran in miles per hour. Dancing decimal points is a card and dice game for converting from one metric unit to another. 2001, John Wiley and Sons, $12.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Comprehensive hands-on introductions to their subjects. Each book consists of 40 activities, all of which include lists of the required materials, clear and complete procedures, and a black-and-white illustration. As the chapters progress, the activities and concepts become more complex and each one concludes with brain stretchers (related ideas to explore). In Fractions, the activities range from coloring pizzas on paper plates and cutting them out to cutting a sandwich into four equal parts six different ways. In Measurement, the activities range from using hands and feet to measure distance to making a sundial. Some of the projects are time consuming or require a solid background in mathematics. For example, in Measurement, readers are instructed to make a 12-inch by 12-inch grid with markers to create 144 boxes. Then they are directed to cut pieces of different colored paper into 144 1-inch squares. Students continue to create a mosaic and then determine the fractions/percentages of each color. While this is a useful project, many readers may be overwhelmed by all of the work. Nevertheless, these books provide valuable activities and games to help children learn about the concepts.-Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471369806
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Series: Magical Math Series , #4
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 437,101
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Feet First!
Hands Up.
Body Parts.
Jump Start.
A Simple Ruler.
A Tall Order.
The Magnificent Mile.
Area Mosaic.
Optical Illusions.
Room Redocorating.
Conversion Cards.
Metric Measuring Tape.
Little Dolls, Real People.
Neighborhood Distances.
Kilometer Vacations.
Dancing Decimal Points.
Metric-English Frenzy.
Spoons Abound.
Measuring Cup.
When Is a Cup Not a Cup?
A Square Cup.
It's a Party.
Volume Addition.
Measuring Milliliters.
Create a Liter Cube.
The Price Is Right.
Outer Space.
One Ounce.
One Pound.
Estimating Weights.
Guess and Weigh.
One Ton.
Grams and Milligrams.
Water, Water Everywhere.
What's the Temperature?
Ten Times!
Candle Hour Power.
Create a Sundial.
Clock Search.
All Over the United States.
Measurement Master Certificate.
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First Chapter


Think for a minute of all the things in the world that you can measure:

  • the distance to school
  • your height
  • the volume of liquid in a glass of soda
  • your dog's weight
  • the temperature outside
  • the time it took you to read this list!

In this book you are going to learn about five different forms of measurement--length, volume, weight, temperature, and time--and two different systems of measurement, the English system and the metric system.

Length, such as distance and height, is measured in the English units of inches, feet, yards, and miles, and primarily in the metric units of millimeters, centimeters, meters, and kilometers. Volume is measured in the English units of ounces, cups, quarts, and gallons, and primarily in the metric units of milliliters, liters, and kiloliters. Weight is measured in the English units of ounces, pounds, and tons, and primarily in the metric units of milligrams, grams, kilograms, and metric tons. Temperature is measured in the English units of degrees Fahrenheit and in the metric units of degrees Celsius. Time is measured in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries, and millennia.

In this book you'll learn to master all the different types and systems of measurement. Try some of the fun activities and soon you'll know how to measure the length of an ant in millimeters, the height of a tree in feet, the volume of your bathtub in ounces, the weight of a spaghetti noodle in grams, and the temperature in your refrigerator in degrees Celsius. How long will it take you to master all the different units of measurement? Will it be seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, or decades? Get started and find out.

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